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He Climbed His Very First Tree Today

For humans, a baby's first step marks a milestone in growing up. For orangutans, who spend much of their lives in trees, their first climb is equally as important and worthy of celebration.

Meet Asoka, the baby orphan orangutan. He's happy to meet you.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

Rescued from the forest after a man heard him crying all alone, Asoka spent a month in his rescuer's village before he was brought to the International Animal Rescue (IAR)'s sanctuary and rehabilitation center in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

He was only 4 months old and four-and-a-half pounds when he arrived there.

International Animal Rescue

Now, Asoka's growing bigger every day and slowly learning how to do things for himself, like climbing trees!

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

IAR brought their cameras when Asoka made his first attempt to climb a tree.

He had a gentle smile on his mouth as his eyes scaled the climb ahead of him.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

The volunteer placed him on the rope. She let go of him, and he struggled to stay balanced before finding something else to grab.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

After a bit of practice, he learned to get a steady grip.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

He even made some daring reaches.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

Keep challenging yourself, little one. It's the only way you'll ever learn something new.

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

YouTube/International Animal Rescue IAR

With enough practice and the right guidance from the team at IAR, Asoka, you'll eventually learn to live in the wild where you belong.

Asoka is just one of several orangutan at the IAR's rehabilitation center. After an influx of young orphans arrived at the same time, IAR announced that they were establishing a preschool for the orphan apes.

"All of the babies in preschool are around the same age and confidence level so that they can learn from one another in their own time without feeling overwhelmed. It is a confidence building environment and the babies rest in the middle of the day so as not to over tire or stress them," IAR wrote in a press release.

If you believe in IAR's mission, consider donating to their organization or sponsoring an orangutan.

Watch the full video of Asoka's first climb below.

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