In the three years Maili spent at the rescue center, so much happened. Not only was she allowed to make a home on a special island where she could remember her natural instincts — like climbing, foraging for food and building nests in trees where she could sleep — she also met some very important new friends.
She bonded particularly with one male orangutan. Rescuers were about to begin the process of releasing Maili back into the wild when they gave her a physical exam and realized there was a little surprise on the way.
Several months later she gave birth to a little boy orangutan. Her release was delayed so people could be sure that Maili and her baby Osin would be safe.
"Once her baby had been born, the team resumed monitoring Maili which confirmed that she was exhibiting good natural behavior and that her son was developing well," IAR wrote in a press release.
It was time to let Maili and little Osin go.