The Palm Scribe

Seven bullets found inside orangutan’s body

Kompas, 5 July 2018

Baen, a 20-year-old male orangutan, was found dead inside a canal belonging to a palm oil company. Seven bullets were found inside its body. According to the autopsy, the orangutan was predicted to have died one to two weeks ago. The orangutan also had several wounds caused by sharp objects on its legs, hands, and back. There were also marks of rope ties on its left leg and holes in its stomach and neck, while one of its thumbs was cut off. Orangutan Foundation Indonesia (OFI) condemned this action and considered this an act of torture, OFI Field Director Fajar Dewanto said in Palangka Raya on Wednesday (July 4). The dead orangutan was found by a palm oil worker who immediately reported to OFI. Baen was one of the orangutans that was relocated to Tanjung Puting National Park, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan, which is 7.8 km away from the crime scene. Baen was relocated in September 2014 due to land clearing by Wana Sawit Subur Lestari (WSSL) II.

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