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Unlawful Pet Trade Claims The Life Of Baby Orangutan | Care2 Causes

Unlawful Pet Trade Claims The Life Of Baby Orangutan | Care2 Causes

A critically ill baby orangutan named Anyin arrived at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre run by International Animal Rescue in Borneo earlier this week. A hunter killed Anyin’s mother in the forest where they lived in order to catch the baby and sell her in the illegal pet trade. Her owner paid a mere $140USD. “After being kept as a pet for more than eighteen months, the owner only decided to hand over Anyin to BKSDA officers because the baby was very sick and he knew she could die” said Dr. Adi Irawan, Manager of Ketapang Orangutan Centre. Anyin was born in the Sambas Regency which is home to the most endangered subspecies of the Borneo organgutan. The group has been recently included in the IUCN Red List of the 25 most endangered primates in the world. Baby orangutans kept as pets often die in their new homes. “The mortality rate is high due to infectious diseases that...

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