Heartbreaking Video Of An Orangutan Trying To Fight Off The Excavator That Is Destroying His Home
A desperate orangutan tries to stop the excavator that is crashing down his home and it's really hard to watch.
The orangutan falling off the tree trunk.
The orangutan witnesses how a bunch of humans with an excavator are destroying what was once his home.
He can't just stand and do nothing, so he jumps on a trunk and tries to stop the machine with his hands.
He slips and falls on the stack of trees that were once home to him and his family. That home is now gone. Completely destroyed.
The terrible scene was captured in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where a construction crew demolished a section of the Sungai Putri Forest, a habitat for Bornean orangutans, which are a critically endangered species.
However, his desperation shows how far these animals have been constrained by the human hand. "Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia," IAR wrote. "Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed, and orangutans are left to starve and die."
The Sungai Putri Forest is one of the few homes left for wild Bornean orangutans, but due to the expansion of palm oil plantations and other development projects, it is under serious threat.
Illegal logging is common in and around this forest and it mostly happens at night, even in areas where mother orangutans built nests to raise their babies.
Over half of their natural habitats have been destroyed due to logging operations since the 1970s. "Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world, and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan," Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of IAR in Indonesia, stated. "Without forests like this, they can't survive."
IAR is working actively to save the orangutans' homes, but as forests are continuously destroyed by development, they need all the help they can get to protect these apes.
If you want to help, you can donate to IAR here https://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/donate and try your best not to buy products that contain palm oil.