Tragic Video Shows Orangutan Trying To Fight Off Bulldozer Destroying His Home

Tragic Video Shows Orangutan Trying To Fight Off Bulldozer Destroying His Home

The unfortunate scene unfolded at the Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, Indonesia, when a construction company was demolishing the region illegally.

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Trigger Warning: This story contains details of animal cruelty that readers might find disturbing.

In a heartbreaking clip, an orangutan was seen desperately attempting to fight off a bulldozer demolishing its home. According to Mirror, illegal loggers were trying to destroy the primate's home - the jungle. But the orangutan would not let them have their way without putting up a fight. In the heartwrenching video, the animal was seen leaping down the trunk of a large tree and defending it's home from being uprooted. He immediately lashes out against the machine digger and attempts to stop it using his hand, but it was all in vain as he slipped and fell onto the stack of the trees that had already been felled. 


The animal then attempted to climb back onto the tree by scrambling around the back of the dozer. The unfortunate scene was captured by workers with the International Animal Rescue (IAR). It unfolded at the Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, Indonesia, when a construction company was demolishing a section of the forest, which is the critically endangered Bornean Orangutans' natural habitat. Taking to Facebook, the charity posted the footage and wrote: This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him.


Thankfully, the orangutan was rescued from the area by the charity who apart from declaring the good news, also warned of the effects of logging. They explained how logging destroys the habitat of animals by forcing them out of their homes and into areas with the humans' population. Often times than not, this "leads to conflict with humans." The incident reportedly took place in 2013 but the heartwrenching footage was only released in 2018 by the animal welfare charity, International Animal Rescue. In the clip, a man from the Orangutan Protection Unit for the International Animal Rescue non-profit organization could be seen quietly approaching the animal with a dart gun. 


After quietly positioning himself under the tree where the orangutan could be seen, he successfully sedated the animal and transferred him to a safe location. Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety. Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed, and orangutans are left to starve and die, wrote the charity. An investigation conducted by Greenpeace International revealed that many illegal operations were being carried out in the West Kalimantan, in Indonesian Borneo despite the efforts of the country's government to protect it.


"Photos taken by Greenpeace Indonesia in March 2018 reveal at least six illegal logging settlements inside the PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa (MPK) concession in Sungai Putri, a 57,000 hectare peatland forest and one of the last orangutan strongholds in the world," reveals the organization. Apparently, the illegal logging activities were done in the darkness of the night and they didn't even spare the locations where the nests of orangutan are found. "This is a major embarrassment for the Indonesian government, which has consistently promised to protect Sungai Putri. More than a year ago, the government ordered MPK to stop trashing the forest and peatlands, yet its excavators are still in place and now chainsaws are finishing the job. The government cannot let this stand – it must uphold the law and ensure the full and permanent protection of this beautiful and important forest," said Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaigner Ratri Kusumohartono. 


The Sungai Putri forest needs to be protected as they are extremely critical for the survival of Bornean orangutans. It was estimated that the Bornean orangutans' population had halved in the last 16 years. Per a recent analysis by the Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA), the Sungai Putri was home to 950-1200 orangutans. Thanks to the efforts of BKSDA and International Animal Rescue (IAR) over 30 orangutans in Sungai Putri were rescued. The Program Director of IAR in Indonesia, Karmele Llano Sanchez, shared, "Habitat destruction forces orangutans to enter neighboring plantations and farms looking for food and this frequently leads to conflict with humans, that’s why last year we had to rescue a male orangutan in the south part of MPK’s concession. Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan, without forests like this they can’t survive."

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