Orangutan News: Hanging On For Dear Life – Orangutan Family Rescued as Borneo Forest Home is Bulldozed

An adult orangutan looks down from its treetop home as the forest in Ketapang, Borneo, is bulldozed (Caters)
An adult orangutan looks down from its treetop home as the forest in Ketapang, Borneo, is bulldozed (Caters)

Terrified primates were saved in Borneo last week as their homes were destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations – and charities say their plight is becoming ever more desperate.

Clutching desperately to branches as their home is destroyed beneath them, this is the heartbreaking moment starving orangutans were saved from a bulldozed Borneo rainforest.

The terrified animals were found clinging to the last remaining trees of a forest in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, where trees are being bulldozed to make way for a palm oil plantation.

Among those saved from the brink of death were a pregnant female orangutan, and a mother and baby who refused to let go of each other during the horrific ordeal.

Rescuers from UK charity International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the local forestry department in Ketapang, moved in to save the creatures in Borneo after receiving a call for help from the company, Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, which belongs to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

This excerpt from a news article is courtesy of Yahoo News UK & Ireland and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

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