Credit: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)/ Facebook

Where is Humanity? Orangutan Found With 74 Gunshot Wounds

by | April 9, 2019

A little baby Orangutan died tragically following starvation and injuries, and the mother, Hope, was brutally shot 74 times and left blinded on an Indonesian Island by illegal poachers.

Orangutan Found With 74 Gunshot
Credit: Credits: Mikhail Semenov/ Shutterstock

Baby Died, Mother Orangutan Found With 74 Gunshot Wounds

Villagers alerted the regional animal rescuers to a heartbreaking scene of a female Orangutan at a Sumatran Island with the poor ape in critical condition, and she lost her baby tragically at the same time (I really don’t have the guts to even mentally imagine the tragedy that befell the poor creature). Reportedly another act of ruthless poaching, the harmless ape has been named “Hope” by her rescuers. Doctors at Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are trying their best to save the animal from the injuries she suffered.

This is a glaring example of how little some humans care for life, apart from their own species. Thanks to the efforts of the conservationists, the animal has survived thus far.

Hope, the orangutan found with 74 gunshot wounds, on the operation table
Credit: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)/ Facebook

What rips the heart out of me is that the Orangutan reportedly had four bullets into her left eye and two in her right (whereas I literally shout if a little eyelash pricks my eye). “Sincerely speaking, we were very shocked by finding the result,” the Orangutan Information Center said in a Facebook post, “74 air rifle bullets, damaged eyes, fractured bones, sharp tool wound and not to mention a deep traumatic condition, yet she doesn’t give up.”

Bullets in the X-Ray Image
Credit: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)/ Facebook

The rescuers found the mother and the baby in a Sumatran palm oil plantation. The baby was severely malnourished and died on the way to the hospital.

The severely Malnourished Hope’s baby (the mother Orangutan found with 74 gunshot wounds is critical)
Credit: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)/ Facebook

Hope is currently under strict expert supervision and has undergone surgeries to correct a collarbone fracture and prevent infections. Veterinarians were only been able to extract seven out of 74 bullets at the time of surgery. Yenny Saraswati, a veterinarian with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program told AP that she hopes the orangutan can survive this critical stage of recovery, and that she will never be able to live in the wild again.

When will they Wake Up to a Harmless Dawn?

When will they wake up to a harmless dawn?
Credit: by Alex East/ Shutterstock

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has deemed orangutans a critically endangered species. Orangutans live in only two zones in the world, the Sumatran Island and Borneo, an island between Malaysia and Indonesia. The threat to these harmless and playful apes come from the growing palm oil industry that is thriving in Malaysia and Indonesia, making orangutans more vulnerable the intolerance of mankind.

With only 13,400 Sumatran Orangutans left in the wild, can they expect enough compassion from humankind to allow their species to survive? How much more pain must these intelligent creatures endure before they can wake up to harmless dawn? My heart goes out to the mother orangutan found with 74 gunshot wounds. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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