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Terrified Orangutans Saved from Hunters (VIDEO)

Terrified Orangutans Saved from Hunters (VIDEO)

 

A startling video shows an orangutan mother and baby being saved in the nick of time from hunters in Borneo earlier this month. A team from a local orangutan orphanage had been searching the area near a palm oil plantation after reports of systematic killing of the apes. The UK Daily Mail quoted primate scientist Dr. Signe Preuschoft, who was on the scene: “Our arrival could not have been more timely. A few minutes later and the orangutans could have been dead. We discovered a gang of young men surrounding them and both victims were clearly petrified. The gang meanwhile were jubilant in anticipation of their rewards for catching and killing the animals.”

Palm oil companies are alleged to offer a bounty for killing the primates, which are considered to be pests. Orangutan skulls are sold internationally, and the illegal pet industry trades in baby orangutans taken from their mothers. WWF estimates some 200 to 500 orangutans from Borneo are sold into the pet trade every year; inevitably, the mother orangutan is killed when the poachers go after the baby.

NOTE: Some time after this was posted on Sunday night, the video has been marked Private and is unviewable. I have contacted Four Paws for an explanation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjk474jS6J8

Here is an informational video about the Samboja orangutan rescue center:

Workers from the nonprofit Four Paws rescued the animals and transported them over rough terrain so that they could be released in a remote area where they would be safer. The animals were tagged and will be monitored to make sure they can adapt to their new surroundings.

The Bornean orangutan’s habitat has been reduced by some 55 percent in the last 20 years, with a similar decline in the apes’ population. WWF estimates there are only about 40,000 Bornean orangutans left; the population is threatened by loss of habitat, as happens when forests are burned to make way for profitable palm oil plantations.

 

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Image: Still from YouTube video via Four Paws, http://www.youtube.com/user/4PFOTEN

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5:18PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

que prohiban el aceite de palma de una vez!!

1:58PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Why go on with palm oïl? The whole forest if being destroyed because of it. And yet, it's not even good for humans.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

So glad this Mother & Baby were saved in the nick of time but there are many many others who haven't been so fortunate. Hope these hunters were given harsh sentences although it is the palm oil companies that are primarily to blame. Stop buying any items containing Palm Oil.

6:57AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Extinction is forever & thats a very long time. We as humans should not let these big companys destroy Indonesias forest and all that inhabits it
Humans are the cancer of the earth and eat away at our Forests chewing them down to make way for there golden plant the palm oil. Must we lose a Great (or some/I would say the Greatest Ape we have The Man of the forest the ORANGUTAN. We must ban together & do all we can even if so little to help these Magestic Apes survive EXTINCTION. Dont you agree

6:57AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Extinction is forever & thats a very long time. We as humans should not let these big companys destroy Indonesias forest and all that inhabits it
Humans are the cancer of the earth and eat away at our Forests chewing them down to make way for there golden plant the palm oil. Must we lose a Great (or some/I would say the Greatest Ape we have The Man of the forest the ORANGUTAN. We must ban together & do all we can even if so little to help these Magestic Apes survive EXTINCTION. Dont you agree

9:04AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Don't know how that submitted itself before completion...But the point being is that deforestation has to stop as we are invading these animals natural habitation...And people wonder why the build their homes in animals habitats and then have their faces torn of by mountain lions etc... perhaps people need to get the message that there are plenty of places and spaces to live, while at the same time affording that same decorum to those creatures who have rights to this planet just as much as we do!

8:59AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

We need to stop this deforestation so that

7:26PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Help orangutans and save their environment. www.orangutan.org is a place to start

6:56AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Were the palm oil company and the hunters punished for hunting Orangutans?

6:04AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

ALL PRODUCTS CONTAINING PALM OIL SHOULD BE LEGALLY MADE TO STATE ON THE PACKAGING THAT THEY CONTAIN THIS PRODUCT, AND NOT GET AWAY WITH LABELLING IT AS VEGETABLE OIL. WE DO NOT NEED PALM OIL. WE NEED RAINFORESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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