Villagers trying to smoke an orangutan out of a fruit tree where he was sheltering accidentally set him on fire.
The distressed animal had been hiding in the leaves above the village of Lower Wajok in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, because its habitat had been disturbed, wildlife experts said.
Locals concerned that it would eat the fruit from the rambutan tree and destroying their crops tried to make it move on by lighting a fire under it on Sunday.
The flames were lifted by the wind, however, and set light to the poor creature’s fur.
Experts had initially tried to give it a tranquilliser but their efforts had failed.Villagers fought to put out the fire, but fortunately the orangutan fell out of the tree and survived.
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Poor, poor creature. This is just horrific…can you imagine being stuck and burnt alive? Accidental or not, things like this happen all the time (more often than not, deliberately). And what can we expect? We destroy the rainforest for our own selfish and unsustainable, trivial gains, so the Orangutans have less space, less shelter, and less food. Their territorial boundaries get destroyed or disturbed. They get frightened and confused by the noise and disturbance deforestation causes. So, they are forced to move towards settlements and villages, where they can find food (crops) and, what seems to them, relative peace. They then get burnt, beaten, trapped and starved to death because they are seen as a ‘threat’ or ‘menaces’ or ‘thieves’. This poor male is probably traumatised, and is definitely in a great deal of pain. I really do hope he heals fully, and can find some peace and safety when he is returned to what is left of his forest home. — PrimateWin x
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