Orangutans Attacked By Locals After Fleeing Forest Fires

Video highlights from Orangutan Rescue

Luckily, there’s a happy ending for this Borneo orangutan mother and her baby

After narrowly escaping the out of control forest fires burning in Borneo, this endangered orangutan and her baby must have thought they were safe…

Until villagers began hurling rocks and attempting to tie them up. Luckily for the pair, they were quickly saved by members of the International Animal Rescue.

“Fortunately we got to her just in time,” said the wildlife rescue team. “They have now been translocated and released into a safe area of protected rainforest and are being monitored by a conservation team to ensure they are recovering well from their horrific ordeal.”

(Image: International Animal Rescue)

As the fires rage on, human-orangutan conflict in the region continues to grow. International Animal Rescue has conducted more than a dozen similar operations in recent months.

The recent fires have now spread to conservation areas and national parks, meaning there is no safe refuge for Borneo’s orangutan population.

Unable to re-enter the burning forests to find food, orangutans have headed to local villages, but locals see the apes as pests and worry they will decimate their crops.

For those orangutans that are lucky enough to be rescued from hunters, habitat destruction or the illegal pet trade, International Animal Rescue’s orangutan rehab centre in Borneo’s West Kalimantan helps them learn the necessary skills to survive in the wild.

Watch the team work to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned orangutans below.

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