Nature surprises the heck out of everyone, and it will until the end of time, but right now, an orangutan is winning the hearts of people all over the world.
In a series of images that were shared on the internet, an orangutan was seen offering a hand to a man that was in snake-infested waters.
Anil Prabhakar, an amateur photographer, captured the fleeting moment in Indonesia.
The picture shows a critically endangered ape stretching out its hand to help a man.
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Prabhakar said he was on a safari with his friends at a conservation forest run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation when he witnessed the amazing incident.
During an interview with CNN, Prabhakar said, “There was a report of snakes in that area so the warden came over and he’s clearing snakes.”
He added, “I saw an orangutan come very close to him and just offer him his hand.”
Prabhakar said it was difficult for the guard to move in the muddy, flowing water.
He said the orangutan was like saying “may I help you” to the guard.
Prabhakar said the picture he took was extremely emotional.
The conservation forest is maintained by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, which protects the critically endangered species from hunters and natural habitat destruction.
Venomous snakes are natural predators of orangutans in Borneo.
They are listed in the endangered species because of forest fires, habitat loss, and hunting.
Prabhakar, a geologist from Kerala, India, said, “You could say snakes are their biggest enemy.”
The guard moved away from the ape and climbed out of the water.
Geologist Prabhakar asked the man why he moved away, the man said the animals are wild, and humans don’t know how they would react to encounters with them.
Prabhakar said the entire encounter lasted just 3 to 4 minutes,
Prabhakar shared the amazing picture on Instagram, where it gathered over 27,000 likes from users.
The orangutan is the only great ape of Asia, which is mostly found in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia.
10 percent of the orangutans can be found in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.
It is estimated that the Bornean orangutan population has decreased by more than 80 percent within the past 3 months.
According to reports, the apes are brought to the conservation forest if they sustained injuries or if they are at extreme risk from hunters.
They are also brought to the conservation forest if they are facing the destruction of their habitats.
Once the orangutans are healthy, they are returned to the wild.