Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Animal world-Twins for blind Orangutan

Cradling her babies, this picture of motherly love is especially rare - because these healthy orangutan twins have been born to blind parents who are both lucky to be alive. The babies were born at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Quarantine Centre in North Sumatra where both their parents are in long-term care.

Mother Gober lost her sight to cataracts and had to be rescued in 2008 by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, which receives funding from the UK's Orangutan Foundation. Her blindness was forcing her to raid crops, putting her at a high risk of being killed by villagers. The twins' father Leuser was confiscated as an illegal pet and released fit and well into the wild in a national park, but strayed outside park boundaries and was shot by villagers.
He was found with 62 air rifle wounds, including three pellets lodged in his eyes. While staff at the centre try to prevent orangutans breeding until after they are released into the wild, they decided that having a baby would improve life for Gober, who is over 40.



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