A 30-year-old orangutan was founded injured and alone on a palm oil plantation in Indonesia, where she is suspected to have been lying in pain for a week or longer, reports The Dodo.
Source: Sumatran Orangutan SocietyHer injuries were from air rifle bullets - they were lodged in her face and one had penetrated her eye, causing partial blindness. A group of rescuers from theOrangutan Information Center (OIC) gave her an examination and determined that she could be released back into the wild the same day.
Luckily, she survived the shooting. But thousands of orangutans are still dying each year due to habitat loss or trafficking. The logging and palm oil industries are heavily dependent on the forests, which are the apes' rightful homes, for their commerce.
The babies are also taken from their mothers by poachers and sold to families as pets, where they often end up enduring terrible lives in small cages with no love and little food.This species is currently classified as critically endangered by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Orangutans belong in the wild, not in captivity, but if we do not save their homes and food sources by putting an end to deforestation, we might only be able to see these magnificent creatures in zoos one day.You canmake a donationto the orangutan rescue association and help them save the lives of many more endangered apes. You can also make an informed decision regarding your purchases, by studying up on products that contain palm oil and boycotting them.
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