I can help? The viral photo of an orangutan holding out a man's hand

The photograph of an orangutan who reaches out to a man in a pond on the Indonesian island of Borneo has gone viral thanks to the mystery surrounding the intention with which the ape performs the gesture.

"Can I help you? When humanity dies in humans, animals sometimes guide our principles," says the foot of the Instagram post by photographer Anil Prabhakar, which since last January 23 has already reached more than 68,000 " I like it "in the social network.

The photograph was taken at an orangutan rehabilitation center in the province of Eastern Borneo and shows the interaction between the Anih orangutan and one of the workers of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), as confirmed by this Tuesday the NGO.

BOSF Executive Director Jamartin Sihite said in a statement that, although it is not clear if the ape is offering help or asking for food, the photograph raises the way we treat wild animals, including those that, like Borneo orangutan, are in danger of extinction.

The orangutana, 25 years old and who has known for two decades the maintenance technician who appears in the photo, Syahrul, is one of the apes that remain in bounded areas surrounded by water, since they cannot be returned to wildlife because of their injuries, trauma or long periods in captivity.

"The number of orangutans like Anih, which cannot be released, is too high," Sihite lamented, before clarifying that, although the interaction of the orangutan with humans is limited to veterinarians and other conservationists, it still depends on man.

Hundreds of orangutans die each year from deforestation and poaching, especially from offspring, in Sumatra and Borneo, where fragmentation of their habitat due to the construction of roads, crops and industries threatens the species.

Last year the devastating fires that swept Sumatra and Borneo and intensified last September were caused to make way for plantations, mainly palm oil, which forced the rescue of dozens of specimens, according to environmental organizations.

The government estimates that 71,640 orangutans live between the island of Sumatra and the island of Borneo - which Indonesia shares with Malaysia and Brunei, but the population is in decline, according to a government study published in 2017.


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