Al­bino orang­utan res­cued on Bor­neo is­land

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PALANGKARAYA (Bor­neo): A rare al­bino orang­utan has been res­cued on the In­done­sian part of Bor­neo is­land, where vil­lagers were keep­ing the white-haired, blue-eyed crea­ture in a cage, a pro­tec­tion group said yes­ter­day.

In an ex­tremely un­usual dis­cov­ery, au­thor­i­ties picked up the fe­male, es­ti­mated to be five years old, in a re­mote vil­lage in Ka­puas Hulu district.

The Bor­neo Orang­utan Sur­vival Foun­da­tion (BOSF), which is car­ing for the crit­i­cally-en­dan­gered ape — be­lieved to be al­bino — said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had never be­fore in its 25-year his­tory taken in such an orang­utan. Nor­mal orang­utans have red­dish­brown hair.

Vil­lagers said they cap­tured the ape on Thurs­day. Au­thor­i­ties res­cued it two days later. AFP

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The blue-eyed orang­utan, be­lieved to be an al­bino, that was res­cued in a vil­lage in Ka­puas Hulu, Bor­neo, on Mon­day.

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