Heartwarming Moment Kind Wild Orangutan Reaches Out Helping Hand To Man Sᴛᴜᴄᴋ In Mud
Anil Prabhakar is a nature photographer from Indonesia who captured a beautiful act of kindness after stepping into the jungle.
It was a wild orangutan that offered someone a helping hand after they got sᴛᴜᴄᴋ in the mud. He always believed his work may have the power to elicit social and emotional change. “My way of thinking is that every photo can speak for itself, I’m more into trying to portray an emotion I can connect to.”
Mr Prabhakar later found that the man worked for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation- a non-profit organisation aimed at protected the endangered species.The worker had been clearing away snakes in an effort to guard the orangutans when he was interrupted by the ɪɴǫᴜɪsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ ape.
Mr Prabhakar revealed the worker actually ended up refusing the orangutan’s hand after the camera caught the incredible moment in a picture, because it’s a wild animal.
Confused, he asked why the man was doing this, they said that a snake was spotted over there.
“Poisonous snakes are dangerous to orangutans, so they have to take care of those things. So, this fellow started cleaning these bushes all along the river, and it was as if he was moving in slow motion because his legs were getting sᴛᴜᴄᴋ inside the mud.Suddenly, this orangutan came closer to the river banks, sat there and watched what this fellow was doing.”
“When this fellow struggled to pull out his legs, the orangutan put her left hand on the bank of the river and extended her other hand towards him. It was a lovely gesture.”
The orangutan ignored the extended hand, that was out for three minutes trying to help the man, instead, he moved away.
“For me, this was completely new, I never expected to see anything like that. In my mind, this orangutan was trying to help him. It’s human nature — if someone is in trouble, you go there and lend a hand.”
Prabhakar asked the man why he didn’t accept the orangutan’s help, he explained that he was only there as a lifeguard and mustn’t engage with the wild animals. ‘It’s a wild animal, not one we are familiar with.