An orangutan named Asha was recently taken in by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in dire condition. She suffered from serious fractures and required urgent medical help to save her life. Luckily, the orangutan underwent bone surgery in Batu Mbelin, North Sumatra – and now, thanks to the intervention and the intensive care she received, she is beginning her healing process.

Asha’s injuries included a serious fracture on her right arm and on her left wrist.

Her surgery was a very long and challenging one – it took six hours and required a team of highly skilled professionals.

It was conducted at the  Orangutan Information Centre by their team of professional doctors.

Fortunately, the operation was fully successful – and now, Asha and her caretakers are hoping for a full recovery!

 

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Sadly, many orangutans don’t get this sort of care and Asha truly is one of the lucky ones. Due to human interference in their habitat, orangutan populations have decreased significantly – largely because of our demand for palm oil. It’s estimated that 300 football fields of forest are cut down every hour to make room for palm oil plantations, leaving orangutans without a home and susceptible to injuries and being captured for sale. 

But, thanks to the veterinary team, it worked out in the best possible way and brought hope for a truly happy future for Asha who is now starting her recovery.

To learn more about Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, click here.

All image source: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)/Facebook