SUBULUSSALAM: An orangutan is slowly recovering after being shot with 74 airgun pellets in Indonesian, an official said Saturday, reports AFP.
The 30-year-old female was found severely wounded in Aceh province last Sunday after officials received a tipoff from villagers.She was found in critical condition with her one-month baby under a jackfruit tree on a plantation owned by a villager.
“The orangutans came to a villager’s plantation and they were considered as threats by the owner who then attempted to expel the animals,” said Sapto Aji Prabowo, chief of Aceh Conservation Agency.
Officials immediately rescued the animals but the baby died from malnutrition.
Almost a week later, officials say the ape, who’s been given the name Hope, is slowly recovering.
“Hope is getting better, she’s starting to... eat,” Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.
Orangutans are critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with only about 100,000 worldwide.