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In Teluk Pandan, a village in Borneo, villagers found an orangutan with multiple gunshot and stab wounds all over his body. The orangutan was found and evacuated by the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) to Pupuk Kaltim hospital the following morning, The Jakarta Post reports. Doctors found dozens of wounds, both old and new ones, all over the animal’s body, including 19 fresh stab wounds. Tragically, the critically endangered animal died, following 12 hours of surgery and treatment.

The autopsy that lasted for about four hours revealed a number of facts about the animal and his injuries.The X-ray found at least 130 air gun bullets – 74 of them in the animal’s head alone!

“There were 130 pellets found in his body. This is the largest number of pellets we have ever found in a  case of an orangutan shooting,” COP spokesperson Ramadhani told The Jakarta Post.

The team was able to remove only 48 bullets from the body. A closer examination of the wounds showed clearly that the great ape had been injured on several different occasions in his life. According to the Independent, police arrested two rubber farmers who are suspected in the case.

Three weeks before the incident, another shocking discovery was made when an orangutan was found beheaded in Central Kalimantan. Since 2012, the COP has recorded 25 cases of orangutan shootings. Seven of them occurred in East Kalimantan, four in Central Kalimantan, two in West Kalimantan, and 12  in Sumatra.

“If [the authorities] were truly concerned about it, they could arrest the culprits easily,” Ramadhani said. “East Kalimantan’s law enforcers and East Kalimantan Environment and Forestry agency should be more serious in handling this case.”

According to the COP, it is “[w]eak case resolution and lack of public awareness” that allows situations like this to reoccur and claim more innocent victims.

Unfortunately, orangutans like this one are frequent victims of the palm oil industry. Over the past few decades, the orangutan’s natural habitat has been reduced by 80 percent to make way for palm oil plantations. Without thick forests to call home, these animals are forced to take refuge on plantations where they are often shot on the spot. Young orangutans are commonly captured – after their mothers are killed – and sold into the exotic pet trade.

If nothing is done to protect these apes, there is a good chance they will be extinct within the next 50 years. The latest case is a brutal reminder that the conflict between orangutans and humans in Indonesia has a very real and deadly outcome, and it needs our attention.

You can help lessen the burden on orangutans by refusing to purchase products with palm oil. It can be found in many packaged snacks and personal care products. To learn more about how you can avoid palm oil, click here, and please share this article and raise as much awareness as you can!

Image source: Centre for Orangutan Protection/Facebook

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JOHN PASQUA
2 Months Ago

MUST GET PEOPLE IN THIS AREA TO PROTECT THE WILDLIFE FROM THESE KILLERS NOW. JUSTICE FOR THE ANIMALS HERE.


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Seth Tyrssen
2 Months Ago

This is what happens when we let robber-baron supercapitalists run all over the world, putting profits before planet. And when we have a general mentality that thinks animal life is somehow less important than our own.


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Nadine Zimmer
2 Months Ago

Read all labels. Unofrtunately, all the almond and soy milk that I have been using contain palm oil, so I had to discontinue purchasing them. There was a wonderful dishwashing soap that I have been using for years that has been replace with soap that contains palm oil. I now have to either make my own, or go to another store. We must put pressure on the retiailer, the corporations, and the governments to stop using "unsustainable" paml oil. If you keep using it, than you are partially responsible for the suffering of the orangutans.


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Manel Dias
2 Months Ago

BOYCOTT THE PALM OIL & PRODUCTS MADE WITH PALM OIL..COMPLETELY...


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Sandra Crider
2 Months Ago

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.....


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Kate
2 Months Ago

It is too often the animals who pay the price with their lives for the greed o humans. There are many good and caring people in the world but all in all we are a dangerous species. That poor orangutan. how long did id take for him to die? I say why waste space on people who are killing orangutans and other beings. Just put 74 bullets into them and let them cause no harm. Of course nothing will be done here sadly.


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Jeff Biss
2 Months Ago

No one involved in this carnage and the palm oil industry has a claim for mercy. Those involved should be punished and locked up in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives.


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