Thenhipalam: A pic of an Orangutan extending a helping hand to a man who got stuck in a muddy river has gone viral on social media. Animal lovers and wildlife photographers lauded the photo. A Keralite captured this beautiful moment from Orangutan conservation forest in Borneo islands in Indonesia. Ponnani native Anil Prabhakar, who has been working in Indonesia since 12 years, clicked the picture on September 8.
The pic featured a volunteer of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation who was removing thickets to keep snakes away from the Orangutan’s habitat. Snakes are the enemies of Orangutan which are listed as endangered species.
When the volunteer stepped into the stream, his legs got stuck in the muddy water. Observing the man struggling to move, an Orangutan approached him and extended its hand to help the man.
Anil who was visiting the island witnessed the incredible moment and captured it on his camera.
“This conservation forest area was arranged to provide a temporary shelter to Orangutans during wildfire and encroachments. Animal lovers are allowed to make donations and adopt these animals. I clicked the pic when I visited the forest to contribute to the conservation of Orangutans,” said Anil.
As it is a wild animal, the volunteer refused to accept its help and came out of the muddy water through another path.
Anil’s pic has gone viral on Instagram and Facebook. UK based tabloid newspapers namely Daily Mail, Daily Star and Daily Express published the news on the viral pic.
Earlier, Anil shared the pics on Reminiscence Frames, his official website exclusively for photographs. He is working as senior operation manager in Bhoruka Power Corporation, a coal mining company.
Anil is son of late ex-military man T Prabhakran and retired headmistress TA Yasodha. His wife is Amala Devi.