Rare albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia

Rare albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia

The primate had been captured by local villagers (Credit: Twitter @ShafranNaizer)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A rare albino orangutan has been rescued from capitivity in Indonesia. 

Villagers on the island of Borneo had captured the five-year old female primate, who possesses white hair and blue eyes. She was rescued after local police were tipped off. 

Bornean orangutans are an endangered species, protected by international law.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has said their numbers have been steadily declining due to hunting and loss of habitat. 

Albino members are particularly rare, and the one rescued on Saturday was the first ever encountered by the IUCN. 

The group says she could soon be released back into the wild.