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Orangutan shot 130 times in Indonesia, in second killing reported this year

A SECOND orangutan has been found killed in Indonesian Borneo in as many months, this time shot more than 100 times with a pellet gun, a conservation group has reported. An X-ray on the Bornean orangutan that died in East Kalimantan province on Feb. 6 revealed 130 pellets in its body. Authorities carrying out an autopsy managed to recover 48 of them, according to a statement from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), a conservation NGO. Most of the pellets were located in the animal’s head; it had also been shot multiple times in the arms, legs and torso. The total number of pellets found is “the most ever in the history of human-and-orangutan conflicts in Indonesia,” said Ramadhani, habitat protection manager at the COP. SEE ALSO: The eighth great ape: New species of orangutan discovered The critically endangered ape was found barely alive on Feb 5 by officials from the...

 

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