Baby orangutan kept in tiny wooden 'prison' is set free
An infant orangutan kept in a tiny wooden ‘prison’ has been rescued from a village in West Borneo.
The young female, named Isin, was kept as a pet living in solitary confinement in the 1m2 wooden cage for around two weeks.
A villager who nailed shut the wooden box to stop Isin from escaping eventually contacted authorities to surrender her.
The ape was“clearly still wild and very frightened” when rescued and was sedated “to minimise the stress of her release”, the International Animal Rescue (IAR) said.
IAR’S Alan Knight said Isin is “yet another sad victim of the devastating deforestation being carried out by palm oil companies and other large scale agricultural industries in Borneo”.
“She should still be with her mother, learning from her all the skills and behaviours she needs to survive in the forest,” he said.
“Instead she was found all alone, which makes it likely that her mother had been killed. A female orangutan would never abandon her baby or be parted from it without a fight.
“Baby orangutans like Isin are likely to have seen their mothers being killed – which is why so many of them are deeply traumatised when we rescue them.
“Isin will join more than 100 other orangutans in our rescue centre in Ketapang, West Borneo and, once through quarantine, will begin her journey through rehabilitation in preparation for her eventual return to the rainforest.”
IAR said its team took the time to explain to the villagers why they should never capture or keep an orangutan as a pet before they left.
Last year, dozens of death row dogs were rescued from a Korean meat farm.