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7 famous albino animals

By: Shea Gunther on Aug. 28, 2019, 2:05 p.m.
A picture of the albino orangutan

Photo: Snapshot from video

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Rescued albino orangutan

This extremely rare albino orangutan was rescued from a village in the Indonesian part of Borneo. The 5-year-old female, later named Alba, was being held in a cage by villagers, and the dried blood visible on its nose may have been from attempting to fight free from the villagers.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) said in a statement that in its 25 years of existence, it had never taken in an albino orangutan to its rehabilitation center, where workers were being cautious in their care of the orangutan. She demonstrated sensitivity to light, and she is showing "wild behaviors." After she received a full medical evaluation, the BOSF began the process of determining the best possible paths forward for the orangutan's conservation and protection.

And those efforts paid off. In December 2018, Alba was released in a national park in Indonesia, along with Kika, a female orangutan with whom she had become friends.

You can watch their release in the video below.