Rescue group nurses tiny baby orangutan left to die back to health

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A rescue group in Borneo is nursing a tiny baby orangutan back to health after he was left out to die in a cardboard box in the sun.

The team that found baby "Gito" said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty and neglect they'd ever seen.

Gito is less than 5 months old. When they found him, his arms were folded corpse-like across his body and he looked mummified, according to the rescue group's post on Facebook.

He was dehydrated, malnourished, and had mange, a parasitic skin infection that was making him very uncomfortable. He's still in critical condition, but rescuers hope he can be saved.

The team of veterinarians are using coconut oil on his skin for relief and giving him medicine and food to help him to recover. "It’s likely his mother was brutally killed and her traumatised baby was torn from her warm body and taken into captivity," said the International Animal Rescue on its website.