Two baby orangutans rescued from online traffickers
Our team in Ketapang is currently caring for two baby orangutans rescued in a raid by the Rapid Response Unit conducted by police from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in West Borneo.
The two orangutans, a male of about a year and a female of about eight months old, were found packed up in tiny cages, ready to be sent on to a buyer. They are currently being rushed to our centre for urgent treatment and care.
Our vet has reported: “The general condition of the two orangutans is not bad, although both are dehydrated and suffering from severe distress. One of them is rocking back and forth - this is an abnormal behaviour presented by animals in extremely stressful conditions.”
A man has been arrested for the illegal trafficking of wildlife in direct transactions and using online social media sites. A full investigation is currently under-way, as he is believed to belong to an international trafficking syndicate.
The two new arrivals brings the total number of orangutans in our rescue centre in Ketapang to 111.