Yet another Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) stranded in Kalimantan, this time at the Tanjung Keluang Nature Tourism Reserve, Central Kalimantan, 5 days ago (25 Aug’16). No sample has been taken on this one. This is a different stranding from the one at Mempawah, West Kalimantan (see previous post). News from Dwi Suprapti WWF Indonesia.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Indonesia: Even Orangutans in Conservation Forest are Still Under Threat…
21st January 2016;

Loss of habitat and hunting continue to pose a major threat to the survival of Borneo Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in Indonesia. Just recently, a joint rescue team from Central Kalimantan BKSDA and BOS Foundation programs – Mawas Conservation Program and Nyaru Menteng – succeeded in rescuing and translocating wild Orangutans to a safer forest area within the Mawas Conservation Area.

However, some of these orangutans were found badly injured or already dead.

Dead Orangutan with a Spear Wound Through Her Chest

On Saturday, 16 January 2016, our team were surveying the banks of the Mangkutub river when they were devasted to find the body of an Orangutan, face down in the river.

The team quickly moved the Orangutan to shore and conducted an initial examination. Our two vets from Nyaru Menteng, Fiet Hayu and Maryos Tandang, reported that the female Orangutan was about 15 years old and had a small puncture wound on the left side of her chest and a 10-centimeter cut near the back of her hip. Initially we suspected that the Orangutan had died from a gun shot wound.

The team transported the female to Nyaru Menteng for a full autopsy and further analysis to determine the cause of death. Results identified that the 10-centimeter cut to the female’s hip was 0.5 cm deep and she had also sustained another wound to her face. The puncture wound on the lefthand side of her chest, initially suspected to be a gunshot wound, was more likely caused by a spear or tiruk (one eyed spear used for fishing) which pierced through her heart. No trace of gun shots, neither pellets or bullets were found in her body. They estimated that she had died 3 to 5 days previously.

Together with the discovery of this female and in January alone, we found and rescued 5 other wild Orangutans alive, but with gun shot wounds and other injuries such as fractured fingers, hands, legs or ribs.

An Orangutan Badly Injured, with 13 Pellets Found in his Body

On Friday 8 January 2016, the same team located a seriously injured adult male Orangutan, estimated to be 12 years old, also near the banks of Mangkutub River, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan. Veterinarians Fiet and Maryos found he was suffering from a number of gun shot/pellet wounds, both his eyelids swollen shut, his right eye bleeding and a fractured and bleeding nose. Named Grepy, we took him to our clinic at Nyaru Menteng for further examination and treatment.

X-rays revealed that there were thirteen 4.5-mm calibre air-rifle pellets buried in his body. Eight in his torso area, and 5 in other parts of his body. USG scans to his skull showed blood clots behind both of his eyes. We suspect there may be other pellets lodged in the back of his eye socket, however, limited x-ray equipment makes it difficult to confirm. Sadly, if this is the case, this condition will lead to a total loss of vision.

We also found that parts of his face and temple area were swollen, suspected to have been caused by the impact of a blow from a blunt object. After a thorough examination, we have so far only been able to safely remove one pellet.

Our Vet Coordinator, Agus Fahroni reported that the team have decided against surgery at this time as they believe it may worsen the situation rather than improve it. As long as Grepy is still able to move freely, the pellets do not appear to pose an immediate threat to him. Based on previous similar cases, the medical team cautiously estimate that the projectiles should naturally be pushed to the surface of the skin and can then be safely removed.

Our medical team continue to monitor Grepy’s progress. In terms of visibility, when they offer him fruit and drinks, he is unable to see them. He only responds when we touch his hands with the fruit. Grepy moves around his enclosure through stretching out his hands and trying to identify his surroundings through touch. Everyday our medical team continues to provide Grepy with intensive care with the hope that eventually he may regain his visibility, meaning that we can reintroduce him back to the wild. If he does not recover his vision, he will sadly have to remain under our care for the rest of his life.

This rescue and translocation mission is the second operation conducted by the BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA in the last 2 months. The same joint team launched a similar 10 day rescue mission (27 November to 7 December 2015) in the same area and managed to rescue and translocate 39 wild Orangutans.

“This clearly shows that wild Orangutans, especially in the Mawas Conservation area are currently facing a critical life and death situation and are immediately threatened by human actions. This is a conservation forest and they are a legally protected Endangered species. There must be serious legal actions taken to solve this conflict between Orangutan and humans” said BOSF’s CEO, Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite.

Dr. Sihite also stressed that Orangutans certainly will face local extirpations and extinction if we do not immediately take actions to ensure their preservation and conservation. Despite the fact that Orangutans are protected on paper by Law No. 5 (1990) and Government Regulation No. 7 (1999), there is no specific law protecting the forest, or Orangutan habitat and very few people have ever been successfully prosecuted for the unlawful killing of Orangutans. If we keep neglecting the importance of forest protection and the laws protecting the Orangutans themselves, we simply push Orangutans closer to extinction.

To mark BOS Foundation’s 25th anniversary, we ask everyone to act in voicing the importance of preserving and conserving Orangutans and the forest. We all have something the Orangutans do not, which is a voice and the freedom to use it. If everyone uses their voice to support Orangutan conservation and stop the killing of Orangutans, we can make a difference to their future survival. #SaveOrangutans #SaveForests #SaveMawas.

Source: Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

ORANGUTAN FOUND DEAD WITH BULLETS EMBEDDED IN HER CHEST!

This morning the BOSF rescue team from Nyaru Menteng and Mawas found the body of a female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), estimated to be 15 years of age, dead on the bank of the Mangkutub River, Central Kalimantan. This female is suspected to be have been purposely killed. The BOSF Nyaru Menteng vets present at the scene conducted an initial examination and found a gunshot wound to the lefthand side of her chest, and a 10 cm wide cut to her hip. Currently we are moving her body to Nyaru Menteng for a full necropsy to confirm the cause of death. Keep following our timeline for further information!

Source: Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Twitter

Indonesia: Orangutan Burner Arrested!
26th June 2015;

Good news, the suspected killer and burner of a primate assumed to be an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) finally got arrested by the Police of Kotawaringin Barat (West Kotawaringin Regency) and the Natural Resource Conservation Agency. PROFAUNA highly appreciates the rapid response from the bodies on following up this case.

Here is a news report from Kompas.com (24 June 2015) on the suspect’s arrest:

The chase for the killer and burner of an Orangutan in Borneo by the Natural Resource Coservation Agency finally culminated in an identification of the suspect, Tuesday (23 June 2015).

Conservation Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Dahono Aji, on Wednesday (24 June 2015) stated to Kompas, “The suspect who uploaded the photos of the killing and burning was arrested last night at 22.30.”

The suspect is currently stiil in custody, at the Police Station in Kotawaringin Barat. Investigation so far has revealed that the owner of Facebook account named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat did not do the burning. “He admitted that he only uploaded the photos,” said Bambang.

The burner’s initials areDBU, while the photos uploader’s initials are LAK. The police claimed to have arrested DBU as well.

Such a case of Orangutan killing was not the first to occur. In 2011, Orangutan slaughter took place in East Kalimantan. In many cases, Orangutans were killed because they are consider pests for the plantation, especially palm oil.

This particular case arose after LAK uploaded photos of a man killing and burning an Orangutan, captioned “Served for dinner” and “Will put some soy sauce on it.”

Activists, animal lovers, and general nitizens bashed the act. Kristian Hasmadi Lung Eng Pringatan, a netizen from Wehea, East Kalimantan, wrote “Whoever he is, he will totally face the customary law of Wehea, as well as the national law”.

Source: ProFauna

Photo: ProFauna

Indonesia: Alleged Orangutan attacker arrested
24th June 2015;

Central Kalimantan Police arrested on Tuesday night a man who allegedly burned an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and posted the photos on his Facebook account.

The man, who is yet to be identified, but who is believed to work as a driver at the border between Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan, was arrested at his house in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.

“It is true that last night the police working together with the Central Kalimantan natural resources conservation center apprehended the guy for questioning about the photo that he uploaded,” the center’s head Nandang Prihandi said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.

Nandang said that his office had been coordinating with the police on the case since Monday.

During the questioning, Nandang said that the man said he only uploaded photos belonging to a fellow driver whom he met in a warung (small street-side restaurant) in Lamandau regency in Central Kalimantan.

Earlier this week, photos of the burned Orangutan with a provocative caption in Javanese saying “cooked for breaking the fast” were circulating on Facebook, causing anger among animal activists.

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Orangutan Killer Found!
24th June 2015;

The case of primate slaughter, assumed to be an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), whose photos were uploaded tp Facebook by a user named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat, is getting closer to closure. It became a highlight on the Internet and provoked rage among netizens. Finally, the depraved Facebook user’s whereabouts have been identified.

Citing an article from Borneonews.co.id, Hartono (the Head of Natural Resource Conservation Agency Section II Pangkalan Bun) stated that the agency has been coordinating with the Police of Kotawaringing Barat, Central Kalimantan. The owner of Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat account has been identified, and will immediately be called in for questioning at the agency’s office.

Mass Outrage

The case of a slaughter and burning of a primate assumed to be an Orangutan has sparked off mass outrage on the internet. The horrific photos uploaded on the website of Protection of Forest & Fauna (PROFAUNA) Indonesia and also on PROFAUNA’s Facebook fanpage received high response from the netizens.

The photos showing a man proudly flaunting his ‘prey’ uploaded on PROFAUNA’s fanpage as of 24 June 2015 on 8 A.M. has been seen 291.000 times, with more than 1,500 shares. Numerous derision came up following distressing the post.

A Facebook user named Ian Ardyan wrote, “I am a native of Dayak, my parents are from Kenyah & Punan tribes. I am very crushed to know that there are people who could do such callousness to Orangutans. They should be protecting the animal, yet they have done a cruel act towards God’s creature.”

Tata Nasir wrote, “This daesn’t make sense! Why are these people hurting God’s creation? They won’t even eat the animals, they just did it for fun. How cruel!”

Meanwhile, another Facebook user named Putri Ramdhani said, “Animals have feeling, even sometimes they even help people. How could they slaughter innocent animals.”

Not an Orangutan?

Although it has became a lurid phenomenon on the internet, this case also brought up a debate among Orangutan experts. Several experts said that the killed and burned primate is not an Orangutan, but a Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina). Aside from whether it is an Orangutan or not, PROFAUNA deems that such cruelty to wild animal is unacceptable.

“If proven that it is not an Orangutan, the act still violates the law and ethics because killing wild animal from the forest requires a permit,” said Swasti Prawidya Mukti, PROFAUNA Indonesia’s campaign officer.

A Facebook user named Yasmin Putri, in a comment on the Facebook account of PRFOAUNA’s founder Rosek Nursahid, wrote “This is disgusting, immoral! I wouldn’t care if its’s an Orangutan or other Monkeys, the don’t deseve such treatment.”

Source: ProFauna

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.

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Source: The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation