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Human contact may have caused deaths of orangutans

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  12:11 am
Helpless: A female orangutan looks dejected as her offspring lies dead at Bukit Lawang in Mount Leuser National Park, Langkat regency, North Sumatra. Two young orangutans were reported to have died from unknown diseases in the past two weeks. (Courtesy of TNGL)

Helpless: A female orangutan looks dejected as her offspring lies dead at Bukit Lawang in Mount Leuser National Park, Langkat regency, North Sumatra. Two young orangutans were reported to have died from unknown diseases in the past two weeks. (Courtesy of TNGL)Two young male orangutans have been found dead in the past week in Bukit Lawang tourism area, Mount Leuser National Park, Langkat regency, North Sumatra. The orangutans are believed to have died of a disease transmitted from tourists who visited the area.

Joko Iswanto, the acting head of the national park, said the already decaying carcasses were found in the arms of their mothers. He said the mothers had carried the bodies with them everywhere while roaming the national park for days after their deaths.

Joko said the national park staff found the first body, a 3-year-old, on June 30. The second, a 1-year-old, was fou...