Orangutan Offers Man A Helping Hand

Their interaction is capturing hearts around the world, and spreading the word about efforts to save this endangered species.

Something amazing happened a few days ago on a remote island in Indonesia. And even more amazing photographer Anil Prabhakar was there to capture the moment in a shot that's being shared and melting hearts around the world.

Prabhakar was on a safari at a conservation forest when he and his friends saw a warden wading in a snake infested river. "There was a report of snakes in that area so the warden came over and he's clearing snakes," Prabhakar told CNN. Venomous snakes, like the ones being cleared by the warden, are just one of the threats faced by the critically endangered species.

This photo is getting attention on social media worldwide.Anil Prabhakar Instagram

To everyone's surprise, an orangutan on shore suddenly reached out the warden, as if to help him from the dangerous waters and onto the safety of the shore. "It seemed as if the orangutan was saying 'May I help you?' to the man," said Prabhakar, who had his camera ready started snapping away. "I never expected something like that. I just grabbed that moment. It was really emotional."

One of the shots that Prabhakar posted to Instagram has more than 66K likes and hundreds of comments like "This is beautiful. Thank you for taking this photo," and "What an amazing moment.. 👌🙏"

The conservation forest where this happened is maintained by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The foundation rescues orangutans, rehabilitates them, or in the case of orphaned babies, schools them.
When they're ready, BOS Foundation returns them to the wild.

While the ranger didn't take the orangutan's hand (he reminded Prabhakar that apes are wild animals whose reactions can't be predicted) the interaction between man and animal has brought new attention to the plight of orangutans in Asia.

The rescue organization saves many orphaned babies.Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Facebook

It's something that's welcomed by those dedicated to saving the great apes from threats like hunters, habitat loss, and forest fires, and rehabilitating them in hopes that they'll help reestablish the orangutan population in the wild.

Young orangutans are taught how to live in the wild.Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Facebook

How can you start something good?

If you'd like to support the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, you can support them with a donation. You can even "adopt" an individual orangutan, or shop for t-shirts and other "Save the Orangutans" gear that help support their efforts. And if you're really adventurous, you can visit there like Anil Prabhakar and his friends did, and see what they're doing first hand!

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