Anil Prabhakar captured this precious moment between an orangutan and a wildlife guard man in Borneo. A wildlife guard plunged into a muddy river when he was doing the regular maintenance work, and then the orangutan offered him help to get out of the thick mud. The wildlife guard declined the orangutan’s gesture and moved away. Referring to Anil Prabhakar’s explanation, the refusal was because, after all, the orangutans were still wild, and the lifeguard couldn’t predict how they would react.
“Once Humanity is dying in Mankind, sometimes animals are guiding us back to our basics,” said Anil Prabhakar. He said that the irony is that human beings are destroying their habitat, yet they offer help.
Orangutans are the only great apes in Asia and are mostly found in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, it is estimated that the Bornean orangutan population has decreased by more than 80% within the past three generations.