Everything seemed to be going great between mother and daughter, but despite the young age of little Clarita, they had to separate completely unexpectedly.
The school is located on the island of Borneo, in Indonesia.
Clarita was kidnapped by a dominant male and by staying away from her mother being so small, she began to run the risk of not being able to survive.
Luckily, the team in charge of monitoring the orangutans’ activity realized what had happened and decided to do something to help Clara reunite with her baby.
Clarita was only a few months old when she was separated from her mother.
After a week they managed to find Clara and Clarita, but they had to be very careful to make sure it was truly a successful reunion.
Once mother and daughter are separated, the mother orangutan may reject her calf if she notices that it has a different scent. Even worse, she can hurt her.
Clara and Clarita lived independently and did not belong to any pack.
That is why the staff prepared and made a very careful approach to show Clara that her baby had returned.
A caretaker carried Clarita in her arms and brought her closer to Clara’s cage. She wanted them to smell each other, while she was extremely attentive to her mother’s reactions.
“Don’t let her grab her. She may want to hurt her ”, is heard in the video of the meeting.
They burst into tears when they saw what the orangutan did after her baby was taken from her hands
A few steps away were other very tense caregivers awaiting the results of this important reunion.
After several minutes, everything seemed to indicate that Clara was extremely happy to be able to see her daughter again, so they decided to open the cage so that she could finally take her in her arms. However, there was another final test that Clara had to pass.
“Sometimes the mother rejects the babies and they leave them to starve. They refuse to give them milk,” the keepers said.
The moments witnessed by the caregivers had never been seen before.
When they opened the cage, Clara seemed anxious to be able to hug her little girl again.
After a couple of minutes, she lay down next to her and finally showed that her mother’s heart was ready to welcome her to the being she loved most in life.
Little Clarita was hungry, so after anxiously searching her mother’s chest, she began to breastfeed without any problem, making everyone happy.
Orangutan calves usually spend their first seven years of life with their mothers.
The entire team breathed a sigh of relief. Mother and daughter will be able to live together again. The caregiver tried to explain to Clara that the meeting would be definitive, that she would no longer have to fear that the little girl would be taken from her. And to comfort her and for her to understand that they are there to guarantee her happiness, she whispered in her ear:
“They won’t take it from you again, Clara. She won’t leave again. She is yours “.
This is the emotional reunion between the mother and her baby that touches even the hardest heart:
These types of projects ensure that the orangutans are completely healthy and learn everything they need to be able to live on their own again in freedom.
The reunion between mother and daughter is beyond emotional and moving. It shows the enormous importance of preserving the life of these beautiful animals.