Clinging to his rescuers, this baby orangutan now finally feels safe after losing his mother.
The baby ape holds on tightly and stares up at the team, who feed and keep him warm after the separation from his family.
The one-year-old was found wandering alone around the remote village of Limpang, Borneo, Indonesia, and has been named ‘Aben.’
Scared, hungry and suffering with fever, a villager known only as Idarno reported his appearance to the welfare group International Animal Rescue (IAR).
Aben was taken into their care and is now being fed rice and milk formula while experts monitor his health to ensure he is not carrying any infectious diseases.
At first it was found that Aben was suffering from a high temperature and he was sent into quarantine at the IAR headquarters in the village of Sungai Awan.
He will be monitored for the next eight weeks but it is yet unclear if he will be released back into his natural habitat or rehomed in a sanctuary.
Orangutans are an endangered species protected by the Indonesian government, meaning it is illegal for locals to keep the apes as pets – or hunt them.
However, more than 70% of orangutans living on the Indonesian island of Borneo live outside protected areas, according to IAR.
This means that apes like Aben are often discovered by local communities.
Charities have started teaching conservation in these areas and highlight the need for the IAR to be contacted if a stray primate is found.
Programme Director of IAR Indonesia, Karmele Sanchez, said: ‘We have been working with village and community leaders, as well as key religious and cultural figures, the police and local government representatives to make people understand that the orangutan is a precious asset that needs to be preserved.’
Orangutans are among the most intelligent primates, using tools and constructing elaborate sleeping nests from branches and foliage.
They have been studied extensively for their learning abilities, with some studies suggesting there could be distinctive cultures within populations.
Possibly three different species of orangutan exists, though only Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are now found on earth.
Since the early 2000s, the great ape has faced extinction by the hands of mankind.
Palm oil cultivation has left their rainforest homes decimated, while orangutans are illegally petted, and poached for bushmeat, medicine, and crop protection.
Whereas it has been estimated that the orangutan population numbered more than 230,000 worldwide, there may now be fewer than half.