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‘Pony’- The Orangutan Raped Several Times Recovers!

by | December 2, 2018

Just when I think humans couldn’t get any more cruel, bang! There’s a new story out there more horrifying than the last one. Remember the Orangutan ‘Pony’? The poor animal who was shaved, forced to wear perfume and jewelry, and was forced into prostitution? According to Metro UK, Pony has recovered from the brutal experience, after 15 long years! Imagine the plight of a poor defenseless orangutan raped several times by men double her size. My heart explodes!

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Pony- the orangutan raped several times by men twice her size!

Pony rescued from Borneo. Picture: BOS

Pony was just a few weeks old when she was stolen from her mother and kept as a sex slave in Borneo, Indonesia. She was shaved, forced to wear perfume and jewelry, and taught sex acts. Constantly chained in the local village brothel, Pony was forced into prostitution. Men from adjoining areas would come and pay to rape her. 

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After Pony was rescued in 2003, the Director of Borneo Orangutan Survival Organization UK- Michelle Desilets was quoted saying, “It was horrifying. She was a sex slave – it was grotesque. She was covered in abscesses, and they put makeup and earrings on her. She must have been in so much pain. It was horrible to think about how terrified she must have been”.

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Pony was shaved every other day, which would leave her skin prone to mosquito bites, infections, sores, itching and several other such problems. She was covered in abscesses by the time she was rescued.  

Desilets elaborated to The Sun, how difficult and horrific it was to be threatened with knives and guns because you want to rescue a defenseless animal from savagery.  The madam, who held Pony captive, was reportedly seen crying after Pony was rescued. Pony was an earning source to her, as men would pay her and she would allow the unthinkable to happen- orangutan raped several times by men.  

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The good news is Pony has recovered though it took her 15 long years to do so. One of her rescuers, Lone Droscher-Nielson, elaborated a bit on Pony’s recover- “The first baby steps where to make her trust us in her new home. We tried to keep men away from her enclosure as she was afraid of them. After her quarantine we would take her into the forest with the younger orangutans, still women only”. 

Pony, the orangutan raped several times, seems to have recovered from the horrific memories and is living in Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre, with 7 other orangutans. 

While life seems to have normalized for Pony, there might several other animals suffering each day at the hands of human savagery. Whatever happened to the human conscience? 

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