Authorities confirmed that an orangutan was rescued from a forest fire in Indonesia with a bullet lodge in its face.
According to the vets, 2 orangutans were rescued from the wildfires in Borneo, Indonesia. The 2 were severely dehydrated.
A male and a female orangutan were rescued from the forest fire as they were clinging to the last remaining trees in a burned are of the rainforest.
A team from the International Animal Rescue was able to sedate the 2 orangutans, which were later named as Arang and Bara.
According to the vets, the 2 orangutans are 20-years-old.
Tantyo Bangun, the Chairman of the International Animal Rescue Indonesia, said that the rescue is just the beginning of a “dangerous” time for the endangered species.
During an interview with the press, he said, “Based on our experience of the devastating consequences of forest fires in 2015, it is likely that the effects of these fires will be felt long after they have been extinguished.”
He added, “Many orangutans will be left stranded after their forest homes burn to the ground, triggering a wave of urgent orangutan rescues.”
Bara and Arang, the 2 rescued orangutans, were brought to the treatment center of the International Animal Rescue.
After they recover from their injuries, they will be released back into the wild.
Karmele Llano Sanches, the director of the International Animal Rescue Indonesia, said, “This is the time for us to overcome the problem of fires, which not only threaten humans by causing disease and disrupting the activities of children who cannot go to school because of the dangers of smoke, but also to orangutans and their forest homes.”
Karmele added, “If we don’t make efforts to overcome this problem, the orangutan population will be increasingly threatened.”