Sometimes two people meet and become the best of buddies from the get go. Sometimes those people are orangutans. Baby orangutans to be precise. The International Animal Rescue (IAR) recently posted a video online of two rescued baby orangutans, Gito and Asoka, meeting for the very first time.
And it's going to warm your heart, possibly even melt it depending on how susceptible you are to adorable animals being adorable.
After an initial stare off, the two begin to touch, suss each other out, and bond—and that is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Both orangutans were rescued in Borneo and for Gito this encounter is especially poignant because it's the first contact he's had with another of his species since he lost his mom. He was found a couple of months ago lying still and very nearly dead in a cardboard box.
Most of the rescue babies are taken from their mothers in the wild to be pets, but then abandoned. If they're lucky they end up in a rescue center.
“These two babies have a long road ahead of them. They will spend several years in our rehabilitation centre building up their strength and learning the skills they will need to survive in the wild before they can even be considered for reintroduction into the forest." said Alan Knight CEO of International Animal Rescue. "Their progress so far is really encouraging and we are all thrilled to see how well they are doing. They are both getting stronger and more confident by the day, under the watchful eye of the team at our centre."