Viral footage shows orangutan fights off excavator as loggers tear through forest

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In heartbreaking footage that has made rounds on the Internet, an orangutan makes an attempt to fight off an excavator in Indonesia.

The footage shows the lone orangutan walks on a fallen tree towards the excavator in an attempt to stop it from destroying its home further.

The mammal can be seen lashing out at the excavator in the video which took place in Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, Indonesia.

The helpless orangutan quickly makes its way to stop the powerful bulldozer from tearing through the forest as the loggers try to stop him, according to The Independent.

The footage was first posted in 2013 by International Animal Rescue but it resurfaced on social media again last week.

Shocking Footage Shows An Orangutan Seeking Refuge From Bulldozer

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAYThis dramatic footage shows the devastating impact deforestation is having on precious orangutan habitat. This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him. Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety. Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve and die.We need to ACT NOW. This World Environment Day, plant a tree and help us rebuild and protect precious orangutan habitat. The situation is critical, and we are running out of time. PLANT A TREE TODAY: https://internationalanimalrescue.org/plant-tree?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=World_Environment_Day_2018&utm_content=videoPlease share this post far and wide. Thank you.

Posted by International Animal Rescue on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

“This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him,” wrote the group.

Thankfully, the orangutan was not harmed and it was rescued later. “Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team was able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety,” the group said.

“Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve and die,” according to the group.

Orangutan which means “man of the forest” in Malay language is one of the endangered species in which the population of the animal has dramatically decreased by half in a century.

According to The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there were more than 230,000 orangutans 100 years ago but now, the population has decreased to just 104,700 worldwide.

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One of the main reasons for the decreasing population of the endangered species is the large expansion of palm oil plantations.

Credit: Wikipedia 

The Orangutan Foundation reported that studies by Princeton and a Swiss institution revealed that between 1990 and 2005, there was an “up to 60% of palm oil expansion occurred at the expense of primary tropical rainforest.”

They are also threatened by the poachers who hunt the animal for illegal trade and meat.

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“Mothers are often killed for their babies, which are then sold on the black market for pets as they are cute,” The Orangutan Project said.

Credit: The Epoch Times 

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