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Miracle Rescue Of Orangutan Caught In Snare (Slideshow)

Miracle Rescue Of Orangutan Caught In Snare (Slideshow)
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An orangutan, now called Pelangsi, is lucky to be alive. The young male was close to death when a team from International Animal Rescue cut him loose from a snare that kept him a prisoner without food or water for 10 days. Pelangsi is the latest victim of the palm oil industry in Indonesia.

The IAR team, headed by veterinary director Karmele Llano Sanchez, sedated the orangutan, gave him fluids for severe hydration and carried him back to their clinic in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

He was in critical condition for the first 48 hours with an infection called septicemia, as a result of injuries to the animal’s right hand. The snare had caught hold of Pelangsi’s hand and he gnawed on it during the ordeal, trying to set himself free.

“Pelangsi’s story is a graphic illustration of the fate of countless orangutans that are left homeless and hungry when the forest is cut down. Our rescue centre is now caring for 50 orangutans and that number will continue to rise rapidly until drastic measures are taken by the palm oil companies to protect orangutans and other wildlife from the devastating effects of their industry,” said Sanchez.

Palm oil companies are cutting down the forest and destroying the habitat of the orangutan to make room for more crops to grow. The land where Pelangsi was trapped is home to a new palm oil plantation owned by PT KAL (Kayung Agro Lestari) from Austindo Nusantara Jaya Group, according to IAR.

The company is a member of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil), an association set up to promote the sustainable production and use of palm oil. IAR says, “…in spite of PT KAL’s apparent concern about the social and environmental impact of its industry, they are responsible for large numbers of orangutan deaths in the area.”

Palm oil is used to produce many food products and personal care products. A list of manufacturers can be found at Palm Oil Product List-Angelfire.

Alan Knight OBE, IAR’s Chief Executive says his team is working hard to save Pelangsi’s life. They hope he will soon be stable enough to undergo surgery on his injured and infected hand. The team expects that some of his arm will have to be amputated. Afterward the goal is to have him live out his days at the IAR rescue center.

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5:45PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

He has recovered and been releast back into a protected area. This was posted just a few weeks ago. I was very happy watching that video, he got out of the cage they used to carry him back in so fast I thought they must have cut some of the video out. He climed the nearest tree he could get to just as fast as having both hands. It's a happy ending to a very bad war on these animals.

2:26PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:01AM PDT on May 21, 2012

poor guy

12:26PM PDT on May 13, 2012

There is a update on the 5/12/2012/ 5:... It says he lost his right hand and they are hoping that he does not get infection from him trying to bite his arm off to get out of the snare.
They said that when he heals that he was going to be released back into the wild. If it is not a protected area this would only sentence him to death because he will never be able to climb fast enough to get away from predators and poachers.
Go to the International Animal Rescue and leave a comment on their contact page and ask them not to release him into a unprotected area.

5:30AM PDT on May 13, 2012

this is so sad

6:47PM PDT on May 12, 2012

So very glad he was saved. I hope he made a full recovery and was released.

4:05AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I just seen a story on tv about palm oil and just how many things it is in. Now I will start to pay attention when buying things. It was a good thing that you found him.

4:05AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I just seen a story on tv about palm oil and just how many things it is in. Now I will start to pay attention when buying things. It was a good thing that you found him.

4:02AM PDT on May 6, 2012

thanks for sharing, glad he was found :)

3:23AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Oui, Pelangsi est un orang outan chanceux...
Cette triste histoire qui ne se finit pas trop mal est malheureusement le reflet de notre époque. Je ne crois pas que les producteurs d'huile de palme prendront un jour conscience des effets destructeurs de leur activité et surtout je ne crois pas qu'ils prendront des mesures pour préserver l'habitat des orangs outans. Leur intérêt principal étant que les animaux disparaissent pour poursuivre leur honteuse activité. La seule alternative : ne plus consommer de produits pouvant contenir de l'huile de palme pour faire baisser ce marché !
----- Yes, Pelangsi orangutan is a lucky ...
This sad story does not end too badly is unfortunately a reflection of our times. I do not think the producers of palm oil will one day realize the destructive effects of their activity and especially I do not think they will take steps to preserve the habitat of orangutans. Their main interest is that the animals disappear to continue their shameful activity. The only alternative: not to consume products that contain palm oil to drive down the market!

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