probably The only white Orang-Utan in the world, a female named Alba, is back in the jungles of Borneo. After 20 hours of travel through the forest to her cage was opened, ran up them, a hill, and then climbed a tree. Now the Albino monkey lady romps in the Indonesian national Park of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya.

For Alba goes to a long time behind bars to end. The animal was discovered in April of 2017, in a remote village, deep in the Interior of the island. Locked in a tiny wooden cage, neglected, lethargic, pale skin burned by the sun. The Orang-Utan was about five years old, and weighed eight pounds. The villagers could not explain where the animal came from.

Alba was then nursed in a Station of the animal welfare organisation, Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS). There you got your name: Alba is Latin and means “white”. There are also animals, albinism is known, of the white lab mice and white-the Zoo-tigers, for example. Less well known is that other mammals as well as birds and fish may be affected by such genetic defects.

Alba’s skin, their fur and their eyes the colour pigment Melanin is missing. Like many Albinos, she looks bad. Apart from that, she is now completely healthy and 28 pounds.

Video: to get All White


it was Originally planned, Alba step by step to the freedom. Together with three Cage mates, you should come to the island salad, where other Orang-Utans will be led to a life in freedom. However, the Indonesian government decided that Alba will be released without going directly into the rain forest – and also because we wanted to lose no more time.

Alba is, according to the release, under special protection. The head of the animal protection organization, Jamartin Sihite, the fear is that hunting them is made. “By her bright fur is visible.” Responsible for Alba’s protection of the ethnic group of the Dayak, in the territory of the national Park is located. “A total of 24 Dayaks to fit in around the clock, 24 hours a day, in different layers,” said Jamartin. The Chaperone should also keep in view Alba belongs in the forest. Several times already rushed poached monkeys in the absence of climbing practice from the tree.

their first night of freedom spent Alba high up in a tree. Everything went well.

Alba, in the jungles of Borneo,

in Total, there are estimated to be on Borneo and the neighboring island of Sumatra, between 70,000 and 100,000 Orang-Utans. The apes that are normally reddish-brown fur, is today considered as a highly endangered or even threatened with extinction. In particular, because of the forest through deforestation, fires, and huge palm oil plantations is becoming less and less.


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