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At the end of last month we wrote about Budi, a little baby orangutan who was forced to live 10 months of his first year on this planet inside a chicken cage and eating only condensed milk.

Obviously Budi became very ill and malnourished and the woman who was keeping him ‘as a pet’ since 2 months old finally agreed to give him up to the International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) Orangutan Rescue Centre.

When he first arrived to the rescue centre IAR Programme Director Dr Karmele L Sanchez said, “We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered. His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

Budi has been receiving round the clock medical care and love since he was rescued, and he has been slowly improving.

At first, Budi couldn’t even hold his bottle if it was too full or sit on his own for long periods of time.

“It is heartbreaking to watch how exhausted he gets by doing a seemingly simple task. He breathes heavily, sometimes cries and typically falls right to sleep,” IAR explained.

Budi’s malnutrition also left him with a metabolic disease that affects his bones and has left him deformed. Vets still don’t know if the damage is permanent or not.

On IAR’s latest video update, Budi can be seen taking his first steps and his first attempts to climb.

“The medical team looking after rescued orangutan Budi are using daily physiotherapy sessions to strengthen the muscles needed for climbing,” IAR wrote on the video’s description.

“This new video shows little Budi bearing weight on his legs and walking for the first time. He is clasping the hands of vet Christine as she guides him across the room to his hammock.

“It is amazing to see him moving like this and free of pain!”

Please consider helping IAR give Budi the care he deserves. Click here to donate or text Budi10 £10 to 70070 if in the UK.

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