The distressing footage of an orangutan fiercely attempting to defend its habitat from an excavator has left social media users stunned. Despite its valiant efforts, the helpless primate is unable to prevent the destruction of its home with bare hands.
This image serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating effects of deforestation on our planet, as thousands of innocent animals lose their habitats and entire species face extinction. In this particular case, the heart-wrenching sight of the orangutan witnessing the destruction of its forest home highlights the tragic consequences of human actions on our fragile ecosystem. Despite the orangutan’s desperate resistance, its home is ultimately reduced to rubble.
“A desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him,” the charity wrote on Facebook. “Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety.”
The International Animal Rescue came to the aid of the distressed orangutan, rescuing the primate and ensuring its safety. The organization also shared the heart-wrenching footage, which was captured in the Sungai Putri forest of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, the natural habitat of the critically endangered Bornean orangutans.
Tragically, the orangutan’s home has been shrinking as entire forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. This has been a recurring issue for several years, causing a devastating impact on the dwindling population of these apes. The shocking reality is that over 2.5 million acres of forests are lost every year due to deforestation.
“Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia,” the charity said. “Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve or even worst.”
Here you can watch the heartbreaking moment!