Kukur was confiscated from a small village by IAR's rescue team in December 2020. The farmer who illegally owned him claimed he'd found the orangutan in the forest by himself when he was a baby. To be clear, a baby orangutan is always with his or her mother, so Kukur's mother was most likely killed.
When the IAR team arrived, Kukur was being kept in a hut in the middle of the woods and living with the family and their other domesticated animals including dogs, pigs, and chickens. He was tied up by his neck and had very little space in which to move.
Kukur is now being cared for at IAR Ketapang in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) where he has begun the long journey back to the forest. As soon as he passes all his health check-ups he will be released from quarantine and will join Ketapang's Forest School. The only other orangutan he has probably ever seen was his mother. Now, for the first time in his life, he will be able to interact with other orangutans. We will do everything we can to help Kukur on his journey to freedom...