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World's saddest orang-utan gets new lease of life after successful rehabilitation

A young orang-utan that was chained to the side of a house in Borneo for four years has been successfully rehabilitated by rescuers.

Beijing the orang-utan was found malnourished and with no hair after being enchained for years in Borneo
Bujing the orang-utan was found malnourished and with no hair after being enchained for years in the Indonesian section of Borneo Image by INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE / FACEBOOK

The primate, described as ‘the saddest orang-utan in the world,’ is now enjoying life again after being rescued two years ago by the International Animal Rescue (IAR). ‘Bujing’ had been enchained in the Indonesian section of Borneo. Rescuers at IAR said they were shocked at the orang-utan’s condition when they found him in conjunction with the Orang-utan Project (TOP).

Rescuers are delighted to see how Bujing recovered from being the world's saddest orang-utan to one which has rediscovered his zest for life
Rescuers are delighted to see how Bujing recovered from being the world’s saddest orang-utan to one which has rediscovered his zest for life Image by FACEBOOK

According to the IAC, he was very thin and had no hair due to malnourishment. This also accounted for the fact that he was very small for his age, reports the Daily Telegraph. The rescue group said ‘Bujing’ had been chained up because he strayed into neighbouring dwellings and ate whatever food he came across. On one occasion when he escaped, he came back with two very deep wounds on his body.

Orang-utans are the most intelligent of primates according to exports
Orang-utans are considered the most intelligent of primates next to humans according to experts Image by AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

Since being in rehabilitation, the  animal has become much happier and healthier and overall has recovered well at the rescue centre. Kylie Bullo, a conservation project manager at TOP, said Bujing is now nine years old but considerably smaller than some of his playmates due to the chronic malnutrition he experienced while a pet at the house. Ms Bullo said it was fortunate to see that the animal had left his miserable life behind him and was now getting a second chance to enjoy his surroundings.