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World's Cutest Preschool Teaches Valuable Lessons To These Special Babies

Orangutans stay with their mothers for 7 to 8 years - and so when babies end up orphaned, they miss out on all of the valuable lessons they needed to learn about how to, well, be an orangutan.

Orphaned baby orangutans need help learning how to grow up, and one very special school is helping them to do just that.

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At the International Animal Rescue center for orangutans in Ketapang, Indonesia, 102 orphaned orangutans live, learn and grow up together in what's called a forest school - essentially, an orangutan preschool.

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Many of these babies were taken from their mothers to be kept as pets, and they have no idea how to live outside of a tiny cage. They have to start from scratch and learn absolutely everything, even how to hang out in the tops of trees, something that you might think would come naturally.

Together, the babies learn how to play with one another ...

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... what to eat ...

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... and of course, what not to eat.

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The goal is to eventually release each orangutan back into the wild with the skills they'll need to survive on their own.

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Check out the full video about the cutest preschool ever below:

If you'd like to donate to help the orangutans, you can check out the International Animal Rescue website to get started.