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Could International Animal Rescue (IAR) be any more amazing? This organization – which has saved the lives of countless animals threatened by deforestation, the palm oil industry, illegal wildlife trafficking, and the exotic pet trade – has just done it again.
The group has just released a video to its Facebook page, detailing the rescue of a 20-year-old male orangutan named Mata, who was found on a banana plantation, desperately searching for food. He was displaced from his home by recent forest fires in Indonesia, which tragically destroyed five million acres of forest. IAR said, “If we had not rescued Mata, he would have been left to starve and die, or would have been shot by a farmer.”
The glimpse we receive of Mata’s sad, isolated life at the start of the video is a tragic sight to behold. Gail Campbell-Smith, IAR Indonesia’s Program Manager, put it best by saying, “The saddest image you can think of is a magnificent orangutan that should be traveling in the top of the canopy, but instead has to drag itself on the ground, struggling even to find a standing tree suitable to make a nest.”
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