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By: Catie Leary on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.
Naru, the orangutan who has overcome amazing odds and cheated death several times, is finally being released into the wild.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Naru the miracle monkey

Naru, the orangutan who has overcome amazing odds and cheated death several times, is finally being released into the wild. After being separated from his mother, Naru was taken to a rehabilitation center, where he was struck by two bouts of life-threatening malaria. The ape endured six months in quarantine away from the other orphaned orangutans, leaving him feverish and lonely. But the determined ape once again fought back from the brink to be released into a rain forest reserve in North Borneo.