Adorable pictures show a rescued orangutan playing in the rain.
A staff member at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Andri Kornelius, took these pictures whilst a group of orangutans were having fun on the playground at the BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Central Kalimanta, Indonesia.
The pictures show an orangutan named Bumi enjoying the rain as he raises his arms toward the sky.
Bumi was rescued when he was just 2 months old in June 2016 after being violently separated from his mother shortly after he was born.
“That day was unbearably hot and humid. Our surrogate mothers decided to sprinkle the orangutans with water to help them cool down,” said 33-year-old Nicola Walpen, a campaign officer at the headquarters of the BOS Foundation.
“The orangutans were actually still eager to play despite the scorching heat, but we thought that this spontaneous rain shower would be a welcome surprise.
“So, we did. Bumi seemed to be very enthusiastic about playing with the water. He followed closely every spray by the surrogate mothers to ensure he was always under the stream. It was like he was dancing in the rain.”
Walpen added: “Bumi was rescued in terrible physical condition. Our team at Nyaru Menteng took him on 18 June 2016, following this rescue from Tumbang Koling village in Central Kalimantan. Bumi was so incredibly weak that he could not even open his eyelids.
“We know that we can never replace his mother, but we will do everything possible to nurture him back to health and help him grow into a confident, young orangutan.”
The Epoch Times contributed to this report.