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Orangutan regains health despite presence of 64 pellets in body

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /  11:09 am
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Hope's health has gradually increased under the care of medical professionals at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra.(SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme)/Castri)

A 30-year-old female orangutan that was shot multiple times by a group of hunters during land clearing in Aceh has begun to regain her health. The orangutan, named Hope, has shown signs of improvement, even though 64 air rifle pellets remain in her body. Her health has gradually increased under the care of medical professionals at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, managed by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). Yenny Saraswati, a veterinarian who treated Hope at the rehabilitation center, said removing the remaining pellets from the orangutan’s body would only worsen her already frail condition. “The 64 pellets are spread across Hope’s body; removing them is out of the question since it would only worsen her health,” Yenny told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. She went on to...