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Orangutan Shot with Air Gun 130 Times in 2nd Borneo Killing

A male orangutan on the Indonesian portion of Borneo died after being shot at least 130 times with an air gun and apparently being stabbed and clubbed, in the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year. Villagers spotted the wounded orangutan in a lake in the Kutai Timur district of East Kalimantan province on Sunday. Local police chief Teddy Ristiawan said Wednesday that the great ape was still alive when he was taken Monday to a hospital in the town of Bontang. A statement from the Center for Orangutan Protection said the orangutan died early Tuesday. An X-ray showed at least 130 air gun pellets in its body, including more than 70 in its head, the center said. It said an autopsy found the animal had been blinded as a result of the shooting and also had 17 open wounds believed to be caused by sharp objects....

 

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