Anil Prabhakar’s photo: Is the orangutan stretching out her hand to help the man, supposedly a geologist?

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The truth, this time, won’t set you free but will sadden you.

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The Myth

Yesterday CNN released a big photo and showed it to the whole world… … a picture that will remain in history… taken by the lens of photographer Anil Prabhakar in the forest in Indonesia. The image shows an orangutan currently under threat of extinction while stretching out his hand to help a geologist who fell into a mud pool during his search… … a touching scene… A great lesson for people who threaten their habitat and its kind… When the photographer uploaded the photo, he wrote above: In a time when the concept of humanity dies, animals lead us to the principles of humanity… … Let’s think…

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The Truth

It’s more likely that she is asking for food 🤗

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The orang utan is Anih, 25. She lives at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in Samboja, East Kalimantan.

The man is not a geologist. He is Syahrul, an employee at BOSF. He does maintenance work. He and Anih know each other. They are not strangers. They have known each other since the 1990s.

It is more likely that Anih the orang utan is reaching out her hand to ask for food, a gesture that speaks of the sad reality that Orangutan have become dependent on Man for survival.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/more-than-meets-the-eye-in-photo-of-orangutan-offering-help-to-man

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