An Orangutan tries to fight off an excavator that’s taking down his home.

As an excavator comes down on a pile of cut trees, an orangutan tries to stop the machine with his hands as he jumps down a big trunk.

He tries to stick to the cool metal, but he slips and falls down into the pile of trees that used to be his home. There’s a lot of rain. Shaking, he tries to move down again.

The orangutan falling off the tree trunk | IAR

A lot of the trees around him had been destroyed.

Sungai Putri Forest is known as a home for critically endangered Bornean orangutans, but recently a development team destroyed part of the forest. This was caught on camera. International Animal Rescue (IAR) was close by, so they were able to save the orangutan and move him to a remote, secure area of the backwoods. However, his edgy state proves just how far these animals have been pushed because of people.

Members of IAR’s Indonesia rescue team bringing a different orangutan to safety | IAR

“It’s a shame that scenes like this are becoming more common in Indonesia,” IAR said when they saw the video. “The number of orangutans has dropped because of deforestation. Natural surroundings are lost, and orangutans are left to starve and die. “

Orangutans Go to a safe place

Wild Bornean orangutans have only a few homes left. Sungai Putr Forest is one of them, but it’s in danger from the expansion of palm oil farms and other development projects. Greenpeace Indonesia is doing a lot of research in Indonesia, and so far they’ve found six illegal logging settlements in or near this woods. During the evening, the logging is said to happen most often. Even in areas where mother orangutans have built homes for their babies.

A gaunt mother orangutan and her baby being rescued back in 2015 after farmers reportedly set the forest ablaze to clear land | IAR

Farmers are said to have set fire to the forest in order to clear land. This mother orangutan and her baby were rescued back in 2015 after the forest was set on fire to clear land. Since the 1970s, Bornean orangutans have lost a lot of their natural habitat because of logging like this one. A palm plantation is going to destroy the gorillas’ homes. Many of them could be shot if they try to return to the land after the plantation is up and running, though.

An orangutan stranded at the top of a tree in 2016 after her entire forest had been cleared by developers | IAR

“Sungai Putri is home to one of the world’s largest populations, and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan,” Karmele Llano Sanchez, the program manager for IAR in Indonesia, said in a statement. “We need to act now.” “Without trees like this, they won’t be able to live.” Orangutans’ homes are under threat in Indonesia, where IAR is taking a shot at the ground in a bid to save them. In any case, as forests are being leveled by development, they need all the help they can get to protect these important gorillas.


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