- The 50-year-old Orangutan died at a clinic after veterinarians spent several hours trying to save him
- Despite their best efforts, they could do little to stop the infections and severity of the injuries caused by being shot 22 times
- He was declared dead a few hours after arriving at the clinic run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program
- The orangutan’s right eye had been irreparably damaged in the shooting, while it also suffered a large wound on its shoulder and multiple fractures
- The injured Sumatran Orangutan was tracked and captured by officials after it was shot by local hunters
- It’s believed he was shot by hunters because he liked to eat from the locals’ durian fruit trees
- There are an estimated 7,000 Orangutan left living freely in the north of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia
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Indonesia: Endangered Orangutan dies after being shot with an air rifle 22 times, including once in the eye, because it was eating crops in Indonesian national park
By Corey Charlton, 4th November 2015;
A critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii)has died after being shot 22 times with an air rifle for eating fruit taken from local crops.
Veterinarians worked to save the life of the 50-year-old male Orangutan for several hours, but could do little after discovering 22 air rifle bullets riddled throughout its body.
One had destroyed the sight in its right eye, while it also had a large gash on its shoulder, several fractures and was suffering from severe infections.
The injured creature was tracked by officials in Mount Leuser National Park, Indonesia, after they became aware it was shot by hunters for eating the sweet fruit durian.
Andi Basrul, the head of the national park centre, told the Jakarta Post: “Many Orangutans have been shot before, but it is only this time that one has died so tragically, with so many gunshot wounds.”
He told the paper it was hunted by locals because it liked to eat from the durian trees they owned in the area. Although officials had tried to rescue it earlier, it evaded capture by climbing trees.
He added: “A week ago we tried to save it. But when we tried to catch it, it climbed up to the top of a tall tree.”
The species is considered Critically Endangered.
Found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, there are estimated to be around only 7,000 left scattered throughout the island’s northern rainforests.
However, the population is coming under severe pressure from desforestation – much of which is driven by the need for palm oil.
Source: The Daily Mail