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Orangutan dies after accidentally
being burned by villagers

A male orangutan clings to a treetop, in an attempt to avoid villagers who were trying to chase him out from their plantations in Parit Wak Dongkak village, West Kalimantan, on Sunday. The ape accidentally caught fire, and died on Wednesday night. (Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)
A male orangutan clings to a treetop, in an attempt to avoid villagers who were trying to chase him out from their plantations in Parit Wak Dongkak village, West Kalimantan, on Sunday. The ape accidentally caught fire, and died on Wednesday night. (Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

A male orangutan, which was accidentally set alight by villagers in West Kalimantan, died on Wednesday night after succumbing to the severe burns on his hands, chest and legs.

The 17-year-old ape had allegedly crossed over the hedge of plantation areas in Parit Wak Dongkak, Pontianak, on Saturday. Residents living in the area were afraid that the ape would destroy the cops, so they tried to chase it out of a tree by setting the tree on fire.

The attempt took a wrong turn when the ape, instead of quickly moving away, caught fire.

The ape was rushed to the Manggala Agni conservation center in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan. He was transferred to the International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) rehabilitation center for specialized treatment, but died en route.

“A team, jointly established by several organizations, is arranging tools and a site for his autopsy in Pontianak. Several team members have also prepared a coffin,” said World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) East Kalimantan program manager Hermayani Piuteras, as quoted by kompas.com. (yps/lfr)

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