Indonesia: 40 Shotgun Pellets Found in an Orangutan
One more victim as a result of conflict between the oil palm industry and wildlife. The BOS Foundation in Nyaru Menteng found more than 40 shotgun pellets in the body of an adult female orangutan delivered by the Central Kalimantan Conservation of Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA) on Thursday morning. The team did not manage to save her life.
By Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, 5th December 2014;
The team at the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan received an adult female orangutan in a horrific condition at around 3am on Thursday, 4 December 2014. Both of her legs and arms were broken and x-ray results showed more than 40 shotgun pellets in her body.
The orangutan was delivered and handed over to the BOS Foundation by Mr. Nandang from the Central Kalimantan BKSDA. She was discovered at Barunang Miri Estate or PT. Surya Inti Sawit Kahuripan (SISK), an oil palm company that is a subsidiary of Makin Group. Based on the chronology report prepared and signed by the representatives of the company, namely Mr. Arifin Susilo, Mr. Seno and Mr. Nyoto Suroso, the orangutan was found wounded and weak on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at around 6.30 am in Block F37 – Sector 7 by Mr. Seno, a maintenance worker who at the time was doing some work in that location. The discovery was reported to BKSDA, who then evacuated and delivered the orangutan to the BOS Foundation in Nyaru Menteng the next day.
The vet team in Nyaru Menteng immediately checked the state of this female orangutan and found that her right leg was broken at the thigh, her left arm was decomposing, her upper left arm was also broken with open wounds, and she was very thin due to malnutrition. The team estimated that her injuries were more than three days old. X-ray results also showed 10 shotgun pellets in her head, 8 pellets in her left leg and pelvis, 18 pellets in her right leg and pelvis, as well as 6 pellets in her chest and right arm.
The vet team conducted surgery on her and, upon approval from BKSDA, decided to amputate her badly decomposed left arm. Her right leg was cleaned and sutured. But despite the team’s best efforts, the orangutan finally died at 6.07 pm on Thursday, 4 December 2014, adding to the long list of victims resulting from the on-going conflict between industry and wildlife, as well as unsustainable practices of natural resource exploitation.