Shocking footage of an orangutan desperately trying to fight off a bulldozer as it tears down trees has just gone viral. The video was recorded in 2013 but was just made public two days ago by an organization called the International Animal Rescue (IAR). In the disturbing clip, an orangutan runs up a long tree trunk and tries to grab the jaw of the bulldozer that is about to tear the tree down.
The incident took place in Indonesia, where more and more animal habitats are being destroyed. The organization reported that ‘scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent’ in the country. Deforestation has peaked to such a high level that the population of these native primates has started to decrease over time.
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Users online have shared and reshared the footage, with some saying it looks like the animal tried to confront the machine head on. The video also showed a man running after the orangutan, trying to pacify and then catch it. International Animal Rescue shared it with the hope of educating the public about animal habitats and how they are being destroyed all over the world.
“This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him,” the Facebook post read. Members of the organization were present at the time of the incident, and managed to rescue the flustered orangutan. It was taken into care by the organization but could not return to its now destroyed home.
“Orangutans are left to starve and die,” the Facebook post reported. Their words match the generally available statistics. Data from the World Wildlife Fund has revealed that the Bornean orangutan population has declined significantly over the years. It has decreased by over 50 percent in 60 years, which is a disturbingly fast rate. Further reports show that their original habitats have been reduced by around 55 percent in 20 years.
This attack on orangutans’ natural habitat will only cause a faster decline in their numbers, which is not a phenomenon animal lovers want to see. IAR shared the heart-rending footage on June 5, 2018, which was World Environment Day, urging their members to plant more trees and fight deforestation. The video was viewed over 150,000 times and was shared nearly 5,000 times.
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Many viewers commented their shock and awe at the scene. The most popular reaction was that the video was ‘hard to watch’. One user wrote, “This orangutan was trying to protect the only home that he/she knew… A human would have done the same thing if someone was destroying his/her home.” Others chimed in in agreement, saying deforestation should not be the means to getting ‘unhealthy palm oil.’
Some other users commented on the blasé nature of the workers, who just ran after the poor animal and didn’t bother to try and calm it down before continuing their work. They all agreed with IAR, writing that everyone should plant more trees to combat this dire situation.