Gerhana lay in the dirt—sick, starving, and alone. Death was closing in.
Only a few months earlier, the baby orangutan had been a healthy newborn clinging to his mother’s side. They lived in the bright-green rainforests of Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia.
All around them, the jungle was bursting with life. Flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, and giant lizards ran across the forest floor.
Each night, Gerhana [guhr-HAH-nuh] and his mother returned to their leafy nest. They snuggled together high in the treetops. But then one day, disaster struck.
Gerhana’s mother was killed.
And Gerhana was left to survive in the wild on his own.