This is the tense moment rescuers attempt to reunite an orangutan with her kidnapped baby – and wait to see if she will accept it.
Baby Clarita had been separated from her teenage mother Clara by a dominant male and there were fears she would be rejected and refused milk during their reunion.
Fortunately, the mother warmly embraces her daughter in a heartwarming video captured as part of a Channel 4 series called Orangutan Jungle.
A nervous vet re-introduces baby Clarita to her teenage mother Clara (pictured). The two were separated after Clarita was kidnapped by a dominant male
The nervous first few steps as vets open Clara’s cage allowing her to hold her baby daughter Clarita once more
The reunion is a success as Clara holds her baby Clarita in her arms, even going so far as to cuddle her and hold her close to her chest
The two had been taken in by the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Centre and they were receiving treatment from vets at the centre.
In footage from the show, a nervous vet walks with Clarita to her mother’s cage desperate for the young orangutan to be accepted back.
She calls out to mother Clara, saying: ‘This is your baby, yes sweetheart. Look at her, maybe you need to get to know each other first.’
Both Clara and Clarita are also recovering from a painful rash.
Following a tentative few seconds, Clara stretches her hand out towards her baby daughter.
Describing the heart-warming moment, the nurse says: ‘Clara was looking at her child as if she was glad, happy to be seeing her child again.
‘I talked to Clara, I told her ‘this is your child, your child has healed and we are returning her to you”.
The Jungle School is not out of the woods just yet, however.
There are fears Clara might reject her baby by letting it starve.
Vets were initially nervous that Clarita would be refused milk, but her mother allows her to suck on her breast
The vets watch on as the heartwarming scene unfolds before them. One has described the moment as a career highlight
One of the nurses, called Vivi, says: ‘Sometimes when a mother rejects their baby they just let them starve.
‘They don’t want to give them milk.’
Fortunately the footage later shows baby Clarita being allowed to take milk from her mother’s breast.
Describing the moment, Vivi says: ‘It was one of the best moments of my career – to see this. It’s really nice.’
A whole team of vets watched on as the heart-warming scene unfolded and many appear emotional at the reunion.
Graduation from Orangutan Jungle School eventually means being released back into the uncharted jungles of Borneo.
This is exactly what happens to Clara and Clarita eventually.
Orangutan Jungle School is shown on Channel 4 on a Wednesday.