The Story of Budi, the Baby orangutan

Please note because of a delay in publishing this article some of the information included may have changed, you can check up on Budi’s progress here:   His Story is worth sharing and support is still needed.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel


Published on Jan 22, 2015

Budi is a baby orangutan that has been rescued by International Animal Rescue in Indonesia.

For the first year of his life Budi was kept in a chicken cage and fed on nothing but condensed milk which was slowly killing him.

On arrival at IAR’s orangutan rescue centre Budi’s condition was extremely critical, and he was too frail to move or sit up on his own. He was showing signs of severe malnutrition and screaming in pain every time he was moved by the vets. This video shows vet Karmele feeding Budi from a bottle and vet Jaclyn weighing him.

Our team of experts are working around the clock to monitor and treat Budi. He has a very long way to go on the road to recovery and we are appealing for donations towards his treatment and care.

More Information, photos and ways to help Budi.


“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”, says Dr Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

Please read more from International Rescues website:

Learn more about Budi including the latest update, also other animals cared for by International Animal Rescue, and ways you can help by visiting their Facebook page:

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More information about Budi

From Scientific American:

Rescued Baby Orangutan Shines Light on Cruel, Illegal Pet Trade

So how did Budi come to be in such a sorry state? In all likelihood he entered the pet trade—which is banned under Indonesian law—after his habitat was destroyed, probably illegally, for agriculture or the palm oil trade, says Alan Knight, OBE, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, the organization that runs the center. “Experience tells us that his mother is likely to have been killed and Budi caught and sold,” he says. “We have countless infants in our rescue center with similar stories.”

Richard Zimmerman, executive director of Orangutan Outreach, blames the palm oil industry for the horrors faced by Budi and other orangutans like him. “The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live—each island is home to a different species—and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded into previously undisturbed areas of rainforest at an alarming rate.” Borneo’s orangutan population has declined at least 55 percent over the past 20 years due to rampant deforestation and hunting. Palm oil, meanwhile, is used in everything from candy to cosmetics.

Read more about Budi and see more photos

A baby orangutan finally has the strength to sit up and feed himself fruit after being caged in a chicken coop and fed only condensed milk for most of his short life.

Tiny Budi stole hearts around the world when his horrific story of neglect at the hands of his owner was revealed by MailOnline. Now donations to the charity nursing him back from the brink of death have now topped £20,000 – many of them from kind-hearted readers.

Vets from the British animal welfare charity said he is strong enough to lift a bottle of milk to his mouth and suck the juice from pieces of fruit.

He was rescued in Indonesia by a Sussex-based charity from a hellish life as a family pet and cried like a human baby during the journey to his new home.

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