WORLD ORANGUTAN DAY – Its World Orangutan Day today which is to both celebrate this wonderful and beautiful creature and to bring more public awareness to their on-going plight.
I want you to read this article and above all I want you to share it because there are still people out there that are not fully aware of just how mankind is pushing the Orangutan to the brink of extinction.
Look deep into their eyes and you will see a gentle creature; one that is in harmony with its environment. Orangutans do not encroach upon our society, in fact they are doing everything they can to avoid us, and yet mankind continues to strip away the jungles across Indonesia and Borneo which is having a devastating impact on their environment and their populations.
This year alone dozens of baby Orangutans have been orphaned; this generally occurs as farmers clear jungle and kill the adult Orangutans. Once the adults are dispatched traders move in to snatch up the babies and then sell them onto people who intend to keep them as pets.
With little knowledge of Orangutans needs, dietary, physicality and physiologically many die from starvation or are killed once they reach a certain size and become unmanageable.
For the lucky ones, if it’s possible to use that phrase, they are rescued by a number of International Animal Rescue groups. Some of these groups have taken to raising money in order to buy vast tracks of jungle in order to provide the Orangutans with a home once they have been treated and rehabilitated.
A recent addition to one rescue centre is seven month old ‘Marie’ who came in weighing just two kilograms and is severely under nourished. She will survive thanks to the dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to care for these Orangutans.
Her story is yet another in a long line of similar stories whereby she was bought from traders and soon realized that caring for such an animal in captivity is expensive; she was abandoned in the jungle and found by rescue workers after they heard her crying.
Other have physical wounds include machete scars as poachers use these extensively to kill adult Orangutans; so often the babies are maimed or killed as the mother Orangutan tries her best to protect her child.
Orangutans in captivity often take months to rehabilitate after their ordeals and World Orangutan Day is design to bring more public awareness to their plight.
Please show your humanity by sharing this article with all your friends. Below are a number of pictures of these incredible, gentle and beautiful creatures.
As you can clearly see the Orangutans need our help and who could deny them a place to live peacefully on the planet we all call home?
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