Orangutan News: Police Arrest Plantation Workers in Brutal Killing of Orangutan

A palm oil plantation in Indonesia, though not connected to the story below.

A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists said Thursday.

Police have formally named three male suspects in the brutal killing in Kapuas Hulu district, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, while another seven are being questioned as witnesses to the crime.

Authorities launched an investigation after media ran stories showing gruesome pictures of the slaughtered ape.

The workers were detained after police found orangutan bones and dried meat in a cupboard at a plantation workers’ camp, in a remote part of the jungle-clad island, local police chief Jukiman Situmorang told AFP.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of Coconuts Jakarta and can be read in its entirety here.

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