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Bujing: ‘World’s saddest orangutan’ chained for years breathes new life


An orangutan considered to be the ‘saddest in the world’ after being kept in chains for four years has been successfully rehabilitated.

Bujing was rescued after being chained to the side of a house in the Indonesian section of Borneo back in 2014.

The International Animal Rescue (IAC) said they were shocked by the condition of the orangutan before the organization, along with The Orangutan Project (TOP), came to his aid.

“The rescue team was very alarmed at the condition of the orangutan,” explained the IAC.

“Bujing was chained to the side of the house. He looked very thin and had no hair due to malnutrition, which had also impaired his growth.

“When he was small they would regularly bathe Bujing and give him milk, but as he grew they had to keep him on a chain to stop him going to the neighbors where he would eat their food.

“Bujing also had wounds on his back, which the owners said had happened two months ago when he had escaped. When he returned they noticed he had two deep wounds, which look as though they had been caused by a sharp object.”

Kylie Bullo, a conservation project manager at TOP, said Bujing’s hair has now grown back and he is recovering well at the rescue centre following the ordeal.

She told Daily Mail Australia: “At nine years old, Bujing is a few years older than his playmates however he is considerably smaller. This is due to the chronic malnutrition he suffered whilst kept as a pet.

“Thankfully, Bujing has left behind a life of misery and despair. He now has a second chance of living the life an orangutan should.”


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