SURABAYA, INDONESIA - MAY 19: Damai and Rizki, orphaned Bornean orang utan play courtyard at Surabaya Zoo as they prepare to be released into the wild on May 19, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Damai (3) and Rizki (10 months), two orangutan brothers who were abandoned by their mother Dora (13) shortly after birth. They were born in Surabaya Zoo and have managed to survive thanks to the special care unit keeper of Surabaya Zoo who has taken care of both since birth until today. Zookeepers hand-reared the little orphans, putting shirts and diapers, feeding them milk and mashed banana to keep their strength up. Now they are beginning to learn to live independently so that one day they may be released into the wild. (Photo : (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images))
Two orphaned Borneo orangutans have found something that some people wait a lifetime for---someone to love.
According to Mashable, male Orangutan Gito was introduced to his now "girlfriend" Asoka a few days ago, and their handlers report that the two are now in love.
The tale is even further elevated due to the fact that just a few months ago, Gito almost died. Gito's profile on International Animal Rescue states that he was found discarded in a box in Borneo and left to die in the sun.
Asoka had a similar fate when she was found in the Indonesia rain forest, alone and orphaned. Luckily for Asoka, she was found by a local fisherman who quickly took the baby orangutan to the Indonesian Forrest Authorities.
Orangutans are protected by Indonesian law as the species as a whole is facing extinction due to a dwindling habitat, as well as poachers capturing baby orangutans and selling them off as pets.
Organizations such as the International Animal Rescue are doing what they can to help protect the species from going extinct, but they are facing tough opposition from the advancement of the Indonesian society.
Currently, both Gito and Asoka are doing much better than the state in which they were found. However, caregivers worry that once they are strong enough to return to the wild, will they be able to survive the harsh conditions that are forming?
Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, states that while both Gito and Asoka are two cute baby orangutans, their stories are becoming more and more common in Indonesia and Sumatra.
Knight goes on to say that as long as the Palm Oil Industry continues to destroy the rainforests, more and more orangutans will become easy prey for poachers and even other predators.
Express has reported that in the last 60 years, the Indonesian orangutan population has dropped almost 50 percent, which has been conmpounded by the 2004 tsunami that ravaged Indonesia. Meanwhile, in the neighboring country of Sumatra, the orangutan population has dropped nearly 80 percent during the same time period.
Knight expresses that people who would like to help can do so by going to the International Animal Rescue's website and giving a donation.
What do you think of the relationship between Gito and Asoka? Do you think that there is still hope for the two? Let us know in the comments below.