At the end of April, the Borneo authorities, an island in South-East Asia, rescued a female orangutan captured by villagers, as reported by the American site The Dodo.
But the animal had a very rare characteristic: her fur was blonde instead of orange and her eyes very clear blue.
According to the caregivers of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, the female orangutan would be affected by albinism, a genetic feature that affects the pigmentation of her whole body.
Fortunately, despite this difference, her saviors have good hope of seeing her return to the wild. The association wrote on its Facebook page:
We will keep her under observation and conduct routine examinations. She was held captive by the villagers for two days, and still shows wild behavior, which means that she is likely to return to her natural state.
The situation of the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra is dramatic. They are in critical danger of extinction. In less than 10 years, Borneo’s orangutans have gone from 45,000 to 69,000 to less than 3,000. If nothing is done, the orangutans will have disappeared from the surface of the earth by 2020.