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Rescued orangutan learning to climb again after developing a fear of heights in captivity


A RESCUED orangutan is learning to climb again after developing a fear of heights in captivity.

Five-year-old Kukur had been tied up and kept in a hut.

Kukur the orangutan is learning to climb again after developing a fear of heights in captivity

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Kukur the orangutan is learning to climb again after developing a fear of heights in captivityCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

He made a timid start at a rehab centre in Borneo but grew in confidence with other apes.

Alan Knight, of International Animal Rescue, said: “We can’t replace his mother but, with coaxing from the keepers and his orangutan friends, he is starting to develop skills ready for a return to his rightful home.”

Last year a wild orangutan was snapped offering his hand to try and help a human who was in a snake infested river.

A rare albino orangutan was also pictured in the Borneo rainforest.

Kukur was kept tied up while in captivity

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Kukur was kept tied up while in captivityCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Rescue staff have helped Kukur overcome his fear of heights

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Rescue staff have helped Kukur overcome his fear of heightsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Kukur is now scaling the treetops at his rehab centre

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Kukur is now scaling the treetops at his rehab centreCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
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