Rampant wildfires in Indonesia are destroying many of the world's few remaining natural habitats for endangered orangutans. Over the past several months, man-made fires have destroyed an area the size of New Jersey, leaving in their wake a plume of toxic smoke that stretches across southeastern Asia.
For Bornean orangutan Anti and her young child, Gito, however, escaping the smoldering forest was only half of the battle.
As their home in a rubber tree plantation burned to the ground around them, Anti and Gito managed to escape the embers and seek refuge in a nearby village. Frightened by the presence of the two traumatized creatures, a crowd of local villagers threw stones at the orangutans and attempted to tie Anti up with rope.
In the midst of the chaos, a concerned villager tipped off conservation organization International Animal Rescue, which quickly sent representatives onto the scene to rescue the two primates.
After escaping the fire and suffering further at the hands of mankind, Anti was malnourished and extremely thin; she also sustained minor skin wounds from the rope tied around her wrist. The rescue team anesthetized both of the animals so that they could be safely transported to a protected area of forest for monitoring: