- Despite their wildness, some animals have been seen showing compassion to other animals and humans
- An orangutan recently showed that it can also be compassionate even though it is a wild animal
- The ape offered to help a man in a river by offering its outstretched hand, thinking he was stuck
An orangutan made a rare show of love when it tried to assist a man in a river by offering its outstretched arm to the man.
The animal thought the man was stuck in the river, not knowing that he was searching for snakes, Daily Mail reports.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the ape lives in a protected conservation forest area in Borneo, while the man works for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation - a non-profit organisation aimed at protecting the endangered species.
The worker was clearing away snakes in an effort to guard the orangutans when one of the apes showed up.
The pictures of the scene were taken by amateur photographer Anil Prabhakar from Indonesia, who had been on a safari with his friends.
Narrating what happened, 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.' "
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!