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Heartbreaking photo shows abandoned baby orangutan hugging herself as she misses her mum

Michael Morrow

AN orphaned baby orangutan is so heartbroken about losing her family that she constantly hugs herself, hoping someone will hold her.

The Mirror reports that ‘Joss’ has been given a home by the International Animal Rescue in Borneo where the carers are giving her the attention she needs.

The centre looks after up to 80 orangutans at any one time, most of them babies.

Lonely ... Joss is being cared for by UK charity International Animal Rescue. Picture: Animal Rescue

Lonely … Joss is being cared for by UK charity International Animal Rescue. Picture: Animal RescueSource:Supplied

The main purpose of the IAR is to teach the animals enough skills so that one day they can be released into the wild.

Latest statistics say that the orangutan population in Borneo has halved over the last 60 years, mainly due to deforestation.

Looking for love ... The orphaned orangutan constantly hugs herself. Picture: Animal Rescue

Looking for love … The orphaned orangutan constantly hugs herself. Picture: Animal RescueSource:Supplied