Tied to a stake by a rope and cable, this wild orangutan was caught by villagers in a remote part of West Borneo. Six men wrestled her to the ground and tied her down.
Who knows what would have happened to her if we hadn't stepped in? Other orangutans have been captured in this way, and then been beaten, drowned, even set on fire and burnt to death by farmers trying to protect their crops.
Thankfully one of the villagers alerted us and our rescue team set off straight away. They found the frightened animal in the midst of an excited crowd who were teasing and taunting her as she struggled to break free.
Argitoe, head of the rescue team, used the crowd to distract the orangutan while he sedated her with a blow dart and prepared her for the move to our centre. Meanwhile, Karmele, our Chief Executive in Indonesia, explained to the villagers that catching and keeping an orangutan is against the law in Indonesia, as well as being cruel and degrading treatment of any animal.
The orangutan, called Ael, is now safely in our care and will be released back into the wild as soon as a new home in the forest can be found for her where she will be out of danger and far from human habitation.
Please make a donation today to help us care for Ael and find her a safe new home. With your help we can make the vital difference between life and death for orangutans like her who have been left without food or shelter after their home in the forest has been destroyed.
Thank you for helping us save the lives of orangutans in desperate need. We simply can't do it without you.
Chief Executive Officer
International Animal Rescue