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The Touching Moment When An Orangutan Reaches Out To Help A Warden “In Trouble”

There are many pictures that are worth a thousand words, and this heartwarming photo is absolutely one of them. Captured in a conservation forest area in Borneo – Asia’s largest island, the touching image shows us a beautiful moment when an orangutan lends a helping hand to a man “in trouble” standing in a small pond nearby.

Indonesian amateur photographer Anil Prabhakar was out trekking with his friends on the safari when he witnessed the primate’s soul-stirring kind act and captured the powerful moment just in time.

Credit: Anil Prabhakar

According to Prabhakar, the man in the photo is a forest warden who went down there to clear away the snakes in the water to protect the orangutans around since snakes are considered a huge threat for such critters. It was a part of his job at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at safeguarding and conserving this endangered species and is currently looking after nearly 650 orangutans with about 400 members.

“Someone told him there was a snake in the river,” the photographer recalled. “The warden went there and cleared the bushes. An orangutan came to the banks and was watching what he was doing. He then came closer and gave his hand.”

Credit: Anil Prabhakar

It seemed like the compassionate orangutan was worried that his human friend could be attacked by some snakes in the pond so he immediately thought that he should do something to help. However, even though the warden himself was moved by his kindness, he still decided to refuse his hand because the great ape was a wild animal and he needed to be careful.

“The warden just moved away,” Prabhakar continued. “I asked him why later and he said: “It’s a wild animal, not one we are familiar with.” But they are to protect them.”

Credit: Anil Prabhakar

Orangutans are native to the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. Ranked among the most intelligent non-human primates, they have some really amazing technical knowledge of construction when it comes to building a nest that can support their weight. This species mainly dines on fruits and can use simple tools to search for food as well.

Unfortunately, the orangutan is now considered critically endangered due to severe declines in populations and ranges.

Please share this moving story with your loved ones!

H/T: The Sun

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