The orangutan should be the species that we treat with the greatest level of dignity. There is no other ape on the planet with more in common with humanity that the orangutan. It may be our direct evolutionary descendant.
However, sadly for orangutans, this isn’t how human beings work. Instead, we destroy our natural habitat.
The orangutan is only found in Borneo between Malaysia and Indonesia – and those orangutans that survive are often cruelly persecuted by the people around them.
Take this poor orangutan who was chained up by villagers. Who would have dreamed of what was coming next for this poor creature?