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Rescued baby orangutan makes a new friend at monkey pre-school

Gito, the baby orangutan who was left to die out in the sun in Borneo before being rescued, has made a new friend.

Gito (left) meets Asoka for the first time.
Gito (left) meets Asoka for the first time. Image by International Animal Rescue

Following the animal’s recovery, the International Animal Rescue posted video of the moment when Gito was first introduced to another orangutan.

Gito puts his mouth on Asoka.
Gito puts his mouth on Asoka. Image by International Animal Rescue

They describe the video on their Facebook page: “Gito met Asoka for the first time a few days before they both went into pre-school. Before meeting Asoka, Gito wouldn’t have seen another orangutan since he was taken from his mother and sold as a pet. This beautiful footage shows Gito absolutely fascinated with Asoka, staring at him and reaching out to touch, lick and chew on his new friend as much as possible!”

Photo issued by International Animal Rescue of baby orangutan Gito when he was found dumped in a filthy cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo.
Photo issued by International Animal Rescue of baby orangutan Gito when he was found dumped in a filthy cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo. Image by International Animal Rescue/PA Wire

Gito had been found by the animal rescue in Malaysia, about 105 miles from their orangutan rehabilitation site in West Borneo. The baby was lifeless, with flaking skin and little hair and in a cardboard box.

The ape made a remarkable recovery, and has now begun to socialize with other orangutans as he undergoes rehabilitation.

Baby orangutan Gito who is now strong and healthy enough to attend "pre-school" with other apes.
Baby orangutan Gito who is now strong and healthy enough to attend “pre-school” with other apes. Image by International Animal Rescue/PA Wire

Watch the video here.

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