We’ve become so greedy. Instead of giving out, we keep destroying our natural treasures. Rainforests are our next “targets,” and we forget that a great number of animals live there.
We have massive bulldozers destroying rainforests across the world. The rainforest in Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, was destroyed beyond recognition.
Animal rescue workers witnessed a tragic moment.
Boon-Mee, one of the remaining orangutans in the rainforest, was clinging to one of the last trees. She was pregnant, and didn’t want to leave the tree. The orangutan spent long days sitting on a tree, and she was unable to find food.
We destroy planet Earth to produce more palm oil. Palm oil plantations are the reason we push orangutans away from their natural habitats. Why? When did people become this mean?
Palm oil is used in the production of food, biofuel and household products.
Companies produce 66 million tons of palm oil. The profit was big, but the deforestation was even bigger. The number of orangutans drops by 24 every day. A century ago, 230,000 orangutans lived in South Asia. Today, there are 41,000 orangutans in Borneo and 7,500 in Sumatra.
Hundreds of orangutans are killed every day. Boon-Mee was lucky. She lived on a tree in a plantation whose owners decided to give her a second chance for life.
The orangutan was accompanied by three other orangutans. Charanya was also a mom, and her baby was clinging to her back. They were too weak and malnourished. Kalaya, the third mom was lactating, but her baby was gone. It was killed or sold as a pet on the black market. The orangutans were looking for food, and the only thing they were left with was the bark from the trees.
Boon-Mee was too weak, and rescuers had to shoot her with a tranquilizer.
IAR official Lis Key praised the plantation owners for their great act. The orangutans recovered completely, and they were released back in the wild.
Karmele Llano Sanchez of IAR Indonesia was shocked by the situation. The orangutans were too weak, and they were starving. Luckily, the moms were saved right on time.
Alan Knight, chief exec of International Animal Rescue, doesn’t have much hope for the situation. According to him, there are almost no orangutans in the wild.
It’s time to stop the destruction, and protect the remaining orangutans. There are so many animals who need someone to protect them. Boon-Mee isn’t the only orangutan crying for help. Maybe plantation owners need to take this into consideration.