Budi the orangutan


Most people know that KONG toys can occupy, engage and even help solve behavior issues for pet dogs. This is because domesticated dogs evolved from wild animals, and have retained many of the instincts that ensured their survival over the passing of time. KONG toys fulfill many of the natural instincts dogs possess, and we’ve found that they do the same for animals in recovery, and in zoos and sanctuaries. Because of this, its KONG’s mission to send toys to rescues, shelters and sanctuaries around the world, ensuring that the animals there get much-needed enrichment.

In 2014, KONG donated some KONG Cares toys to a UK Veterinary nurse working for International Animal Rescue, who was going out the help at the Orangutan Rescue in Borneo.

In December 2014, Budi the orangutan arrived at International Animal Rescue in critical condition. He was saved after being surrendered from a woman in West Borneo, Indonesia. She was keeping him in a chicken cage and feeding him only condensed milk. Deprived of a normal diet, his body was unable to grow properly, resulting in severe malnutrition and a metabolic disease that affects bones.

“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered. His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.” –Dr. Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Program Director in Indonesia

Budi has now been at the International Animal Rescue clinic for 11 weeks and is making a slow, yet steady recovery. He has gained the ability to sit up on his own, and is even starting to play. Budi has a very long way to go on the road to recovery and it is still too early to know whether he has sustained any permanent damage.

“It is amazing to think that this is the same little orangutan who, when he was rescued, would cry out in pain when touched. We want to say a big thank you to KONG for kindly donating some lovely toys to our orangutan rescue and rehabilitation project! The orangutans love them and they are a great form of enrichment!”


See more of Budi’s journey to recovery: International Animal Rescue