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GREAT ESCAPE; Orangutans saved as their tree homes are demolished.


THESE threatened orangutans had to be rescued before bulldozers destroyed their habitat.

Seven apes, including three mother and baby pairs, were tranquillised and carried from a patch being flattened for an oil palm plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The trade is a big threat to the critically endangered tree-dwellers and the latest destruction is on land owned by palm oil industry group member PT Sisirau. Sumatran Orangutan Society director Helen Buckland said: "The company knows there are orangutans on their land, the estate manager has even joined the team on rescues, yet the bulldozers continue to tear down the last trees."

Orangutans are only found in Sumatra and neighbouring Borneo, where a female with 100 airgun pellets in her body was rescued from a plantation last week.

There are now just an estimated 6,600 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild, down from 85,000 a century ago.


FLAT OUT n Sedated infant

WILD ONE n Baby calmed by rescuer

LAID BACK J Ape on stretcher

MAN HANDLED n But ape is safe

REST EASY Female is carried away
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:9INDO
Date:Oct 30, 2012
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