Septian has lived more heartache in his little life that any animal should have to endure. As a baby, he and his mother were found by workers clearing their area of the rainforest. Despite being innocent animals, the workers savagely killed Septian’s mother and captured the baby orangutan.
Once back in their village, the workers sold the baby animal to a local farmer for about $14. Septian’s life continued to get worse, as the farmer locked him in a chicken coop and turned him into a spectacle. For months, the baby orangutan was treated like an attraction. He was passed around for pictures and neglected in the cage when nobody had any interest. He survived off of random scraps that visitors would give him, which meant that he didn’t eat most days.
Fortunately, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program was made aware about Septian’s situation and were able to raid the location with the help of the local police. Several other animals were rescued from the horrid conditions as well.
The discovery of the baby orangutan was shocking to rescuers. The Dodo reports that one of the veterinarians that was tasked with taking care of Septian said he was extremely emaciated and in devastating health.