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Citizen journalism: More orangutans become pets

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4 2013   /  09:17 am

Justice: Animal lovers demonstrate at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, calling on the government to protect Orangutans an Indonesian indigenous animal. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)A young orangutan being kept in a sack was rescued recently by the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), a conservation group working in Sumatra.

The rescue team was accompanied by staff from the Indonesian Forestry Ministry’s Gunung Leuser National Park office and Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

The orangutan, a male thought to be around 2-year-old, was being kept illegally by an oil palm plantation worker; they named him Kedaung after the hamlet where he was found.

The “owner” told the OIC rescue team that he found Kedaung on farmland next to Gunung Leuser National Park a month ago. The young orangutan had been attacked by a dog, and he had captured the w...