The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) has announced that, in cooperation with Central Kalimantan BKSDA, it rescued a 5-year-old female albino orangutan on April 29, 2017.
According to the Daily Mail, the extremely rare primate was recovered from locals who were holding her captive in Tanggirang Village, Kapuas Hulu sub-district, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan.
A preliminary examination confirmed that the orangutan was albino because “her hair, eye, and skin color has no pigment, and she is also sensitive to light.
BOS is continuing to observe her. “She was held captive by local residents for two days and still displays wild behaviors, meaning there is a good chance she could soon be released back to a natural habitat.”
The orangutan with blonde hair and blue eyes is reportedly the first albino orangutan to be rescued by the BOS Foundation.
Albino orangutans are extremely rare; there approximately only one in 10,000 in the wild.
In 2003, the passing of Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, made headlines, who was a 40-year resident at the Barcelona Zoo.
An article in the Daily Mail noted at the time that “Spanish scientists discovered his parents were closely related, sharing 12 percent of their DNA, which suggests they were uncle and niece.”
While many people have long confused the two primates, orangutans and gorillas are not the same.
According to differencebetween.com, the main differences are as follows:
Orangutans are the largest arboreal primate, whereas gorillas are the largest among all primates.
Orangutans are reddish brown, while Gorillas are mostly black in coloration.
Orangutans have a prominent face wereas Gorillas have a prominent forehead.
Both have long arms, but Orangutans have longer arms compared to their legs than Gorillas.
Orangutans have a shorter life-span in the wild compared to Gorillas