Britain's DailyMail reported recently about the case of an enslaved orangutan who was tied up and tortured on a daily basis for entertainment by a village in Borneo. The female primate was starved and denied water in between the merciless abuse of the villagers.When the British charity International Animal Rescue heard of the animal's plight they stepped in to rescue the orangutan.
Orangutans are members of an endangered species. Despite that, this practice of capturing orangutans is not uncommon even though it is illegal in Indonesia. According to the British rescue team leader, other orangutans who have been captured have been beaten, drowned, or burned to death. Orangutans are considered the primates who are the closest species relatives to humans according to researchers.
The orangutan is now under the care of the charity and will be released eventually to the wild in a safe area. Donations are being accepted to help with the organization's effort to save orangutans. Click here to make a contribution to the International Animal Rescue online.