Fears over poaching threat as rare albino orangutan released into Borneo forest

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Experts concerned for safety of Alba, world’s only known albino orangutan, in country where poverty drives illegal hunting

Fears have arisen for the world’s only known albino orangutan, Alba, who has been released into a protected forest more than a year after being discovered bloodied and emaciated in a remote Indonesian village.

The blue-eyed, white-haired great ape is “very strong” after undergoing intensive rehabilitation with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), which nursed the primate back to health after finding her caged and weighing just 8kg in April 2017.

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