"It is amazing that, despite the fact that she was so skinny and weak, this mother was still determined to protect her baby," Ayu Budi Handayani, a vet with IAR, said in a statement. "She had already undergone the trauma of losing all sources of food and shelter when the forest was destroyed and then she had to contend with being hit by an anaesthetic dart and caught in a net. The poor thing couldn't know that we were there to help not harm her."
And up close, it was clear just how hard this mother had struggled to provide for her little child, whom rescuers estimated at 2 to 3 years old. Mama Nam was severely emaciated and weak, and so malnourished that she had stopped producing milk for her baby. Rescuers said the pair wouldn't have survived another week on their own.