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Mother and baby orangutan taken to safe new home

Best pri-mates: On the way to a safer life for the mum and baby

A baby orangutan and its mother were rescued by conservationists after fires devastated their forest home.

The apes are thought to have roamed the country before settling in a community garden in Indonesia after their habitat was destroyed four years ago.

Rescue mission: The homeless orangutans were found hiding in a garden and anaesthetised PICTURES: INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE/ SWNS

UK wildlife charity International Animal Rescue swooped in to save them from the threat of starvation or being poached in a village in North Kayong Regency, Kalimantan. They tracked them down and anaesthetised them in a six-hour operation.

Great esc-ape: The pair were transported 70 miles by rescuers

The pair were taken 70 miles to a safe haven in Kubang Resort National Park in Simpang Hilir District, where they were released together.

The charity’s Indonesia director Karmele Llano Sanchez said fires were caused by illegal ‘slash and burn’ practices. ‘These orangutans are still suffering from the terrible forest fires that destroyed Kalimantan in 2015. Forest fires are one of the biggest threats to orangutans’ lives,’ he said.

Going bananas: They celebrate their new home in an Indonesian forest

The displaced animals are increasingly straying into gardens and farms, posing a threat to local crops.