Moment orangutan reaches out to help man stuck in river (Photos)

This heartwarming moment an orangutan tries to assist a man who appeared to be stuck in a river by offering its outstretched arm, was captured on camera and it has since gone viral.

Moment orangutan reaches out to help man stuck in river (Photos)

The great ape, who lives in a protected conservation forest area in Borneo, was seen leaning forward and lending a helping hand to the man who had been in the muddy river searching for snakes, Mirror UK reports.

The striking images were taken by amateur photographer Anil Prabhakar, from Indonesia, who had been on a safari with his friends when he spotted the touching scene.

Mr Prabhakar later found that the man worked for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation- a non-profit organisation aimed at protected the endangered species.

The worker had been clearing away snakes in an effort to guard the orangutans when he was interrupted by the inquisitive ape.

However the amateur photographer revealed the man refused the orangutan’s hand after he put away the camera – as it was a wild animal.

Mr Prabhakar said:

‘Someone told him there was a snake in the river. The warden went there and cleared the bushes. An orangutan came to the banks and was watching what he was doing. He then came closer and gave his hand.

‘The warden just moved away. I asked him why later and he said: ”It’s a wild animal, not one we are familiar with”.

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