A truly heartbreaking story has come out of a remote part of Borneo. A female orangutan with her infant were forced into the village of Peniraman due to a landslide. They also had a male orangutan with them.

The villagers cruelly attacked them and the male managed to flee, but the female was caught and attacked with sticks and rocks. Her infant was tied up and the mother was dragged over to pool of water, where the crazed villagers attempted to drown her. They then threw the mother into a cage with her infant and a jeering mob gathered, enjoying the suffering of the mother and child.

Fortunately at this point a vet from www.internationalanimalrescue.org was able to take the two orangutans with her for treatment. Despite hers and her team’s best efforts, the mother orangutan died due to oedema and haemorrhaging of the lungs.

The female was found to be very thin and orangutans will only approach a human settlement if they are starving and extremely desperate to find food.

The forest surrounding the village has been converted into palm oil plantations and any small patches of remaining woodland are occupied by humans. Deforestation in the area surrounding Peniraman has led to landslides of the small hills around the village, further shrinking the orangutans’ habitat and food supply. If orangutans venture into palm oil plantations they are killed and an orangutan would only enter a human settlement if it was starving and desperate. The female orangutan was subsequently found to be very thin and malnourished, so was clearly desperate for food.

There are still seven remaining orangutans living in unsuitable forests surrounding the village of Peniraman where this tragedy took place, including the male who came down to the village with the mother and Peni. IAR’s team is committed to doing everything they can to rescue and translocate all these orangutans as soon as they can raise sufficient funds to do so.

Please read the full story at www.internationalanimalrescue.org