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Reporter Daily Mail
[07.04.2013]                      (trad. di Levred per GilGuySparks)

Pietrificata e affamata, un’orango disperata si aggrappa con aria di sfida all’ultimo albero in piedi nella sua foresta prima che venga completamente distrutta e trasformata in una piantagione di palma da olio.

Pochi minuti dopo, la maestosa creatura è stordita da un fucile anestetico e cade in una rete, portata via dai soccorritori.

Era una dei numerosi oranghi salvati da una probabile morte nel Borneo a causa della deforestazione che minaccia la loro esistenza.

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Spaventata e sola: Un’orango si aggrappa all’ultimo albero nella sua foresta dopo che è stata devastata dalle ruspe. E’ stata salvata insieme a un certo numero di altri oranghi.

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In punto di morte: L’animale è stordito e cade in una rete, prima di essere immediatamente alimentato con una flebo di sostanze nutritive. Molti degli oranghi sono stati trovati morenti per la fame.

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Catturato: Un altro orangutan si trova in una rete dopo essere stato salvato.
Molti erano ricorsi a mangiare corteccia mentre il loro habitat veniva sistematicamente distrutto prima di essere trasformato in una piantagione di palma da olio.

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Salvataggio: debole per la fame, un altro orango viene salvato dai soccorritori nel Borneo

Tra quelli soccorsi c’era una femmina incinta e un piccolo che non volevano lasciarsi andare l’un l’altro durante la loro traversia.

I soccorritori di International Animal Rescue (IAR), un’associazione benefica del Regno Unito e il locale Dipartimento Foreste a Ketapang, nel West Kalimantan, si sono mossi per salvare le creature.

Gli animali spaventati erano alla dispera ricerca di cibo e avevano anche fatto ricorso a mangiare la corteccia degli alberi sui quali stavano cercando di nascondersi.

Un’orangutan femmina era in avanzato stato di gravidanza, mentre ad un’altra, che era ancora nella fase di allattamento, si pensa sia stato rapito il suo piccolo per essere venduto come animale domestico oppure che sia morto prima che la squadra di soccorso arrivasse.

L’ultima femmina è stata trovata con un piccolo spaventato aggrappato alla sua schiena ed entrambi erano molto magri per la malnutrizione.

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Sul baratro: Un altro orangutan si aggrappa a un ramo prima di essere colpito da un fucile narcotizzante e di venir salvato da International Animal Rescue.

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Grandi affari: enormi distese di foresta pluviale del Borneo sono state distrutte per l’olio di palma, che viene utilizzato in prodotti alimentari lavorati e viene sempre più utilizzato come biocombustibile.

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Missione di salvataggio: Un uomo si prepara a stordire un orango per permettergli di essere portato in un santuario di soccorso nelle vicinanze.

Tutti gli oranghi sono in ripresa e da allora sono stati liberati in una nuova area della foresta, ma International Animal Rescue ora sollecita una battuta d’arresto di qualsiasi ulteriore deforestazione, perché si ritiene che vi siano altri oranghi ancora intrappolati.

Karmele Llano Sanchez di IAR Indonesia ha detto:

“Siamo rimasti sconvolti dalla condizione di questi oranghi. Tutti avevano attraversato lunghi periodi di fame prima che li traessimo in salvo. L’area in cui sono stati trovati era troppo piccola per fornire loro cibo sufficiente perché la società aveva eliminato la maggior parte della foresta. Uno degli oranghi aveva perso il suo piccolo, che è stato probabilmente ucciso prima che la squadra di soccorso arrivasse.”

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Debole: Un orangutan è curato dai veterinari dopo essere stato stordito. Mentre questo animale si prevede abbia un pieno recupero, molti sono morti a causa della deforestazione.

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Speranza: Un altro animale viene salvato. La loro situazione disperata sgomenta International Animal Rescue, che ha condannato le società di olio di palma per il trattamento degli oranghi.

Ulteriori oranghi potrebbero morire se questa azienda non prenderà provvedimenti immediati. E’ straziante vedere lo stato di questi animali. Sono indeboliti dalla fame e da una ricerca sempre più disperata di cibo. L’unica nota positiva è che, in questa occasione, piuttosto che inseguirli o ucciderli, la compagnia di olio palma ha fatto la cosa giusta e ci ha contattato e abbiamo così potuto spostarli in un luogo sicuro.

L’olio di palma è un ingrediente che si trova in più della metà dei prodotti alimentari trasformati, ed è sempre più usato come biocarburante nei serbatoi di benzina e nelle centrali elettriche.

L’espansione delle piantagioni di palma da olio nelle foreste ad alto valore di conservazione è riconosciuta come la principale minaccia per le specie in via di estinzione tra cui oranghi, elefanti e tigri.

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  • Pregnant orangutan clinging to the last remaining forest tree after bulldozers clear jungle to make way for oil plantation

By Daily Mail Reporter

Petrified and starving, a desperate orangutan clings defiantly to the last tree standing in her forest  before it is completely destroyed and turned into a palm oil plantation.

Minutes later, the majestic creature is stunned by an anesthetic gun and falls into a net, taken away by rescuers.

She was one of several orangutans saved from probable death in Borneo due to the deforestation which threatens their existence.

Scared and alone: An orangutan clings to the last tree in her forest after it was devastated by bulldozers. She was rescued along with a number of other orangutans

Scared and alone: An orangutan clings to the last tree in her forest after it was devastated by bulldozers. She was rescued along with a number of other orangutans

Brink of death: The animal is stunned and it falls into a net, before immediately being drip-fed nutrients. Many of the orangutans were found starving

Brink of death: The animal is stunned and it falls into a net, before immediately being drip-fed nutrients. Many of the orangutans were found starving

Captured: Another orangutan lies in a net after being rescued. Many had resorted to eating bark as their habitat was systematically destroyed ahead of being turned into a palm oil plantation

Captured: Another orangutan lies in a net after being rescued. Many had resorted to eating bark as their habitat was systematically destroyed ahead of being turned into a palm oil plantation

Rescue: Weak from hunger, another orangutan is saved by rescuers in Borneo

Rescue: Weak from hunger, another orangutan is saved by rescuers in Borneo

Among those rescued were a pregnant female and a mother and baby who refused to let go of each other during their ordeal.

Rescuers from UK charity International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the local forestry department in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, moved in to save the creatures.

The frightened animals were desperately searching for food and had even resorted to eating bark from the trees they were trying to hide in.

One female orangutan was heavily pregnant, while another, who was still lactating, is thought to have had her baby snatched to be sold as a pet or killed before the rescue team arrived.

The final female was found with her scared baby clinging to her back and both were very thin from malnutrition.

On the brink: Another orangutan clings to a branch before being shot by a stun gun and saved by International Animal Rescue

On the brink: Another orangutan clings to a branch before being shot by a stun gun and saved by International Animal Rescue

Big business: Huge swathes of rainforest in Borneo are being destroyed for palm oil, which is used in processed foods and is increasingly being utilised as a bio fuel

Big business: Huge swathes of rainforest in Borneo are being destroyed for palm oil, which is used in processed foods and is increasingly being utilised as a bio fuel

Rescue mission: A man prepares to stun an orangutan to allow it to be taken to a nearby rescue sanctuary

Rescue mission: A man prepares to stun an orangutan to allow it to be taken to a nearby rescue sanctuary

All are now recovering and have since been released into a new area of forest but IAR is now urging a halt to any further land clearing because it is believed that there are other orangutans still trapped.

Karmele Llano Sanchez of IAR Indonesia said: ‘We were appalled at the condition of these orangutans.

‘All of them had gone through long periods of starvation before we rescued them.

‘The area where they were found was too small to provide them with sufficient food because the company had cleared most of the forest.

‘One of the orangutans had lost her baby, which was probably killed before the rescue team arrived.

Weak: An orangutan is attended to by vets after being stunned. While this animal is expected to make a full recovery, many have died as a result of the deforestation

Weak: An orangutan is attended to by vets after being stunned. While this animal is expected to make a full recovery, many have died as a result of the deforestation

Hope: Another animal is rescued. Their desperate situation appalled International Animal Rescue, which condemned the palm oil companies for their treatment of the orangutans

Hope: Another animal is rescued. Their desperate situation appalled International Animal Rescue, which condemned the palm oil companies for their treatment of the orangutans

‘More orangutans could die if this company does not take immediate action.’

‘It is heartbreaking to see the state of these animals.

‘They are weak from hunger and an increasingly desperate search for food.

‘The only positive note is that, on this occasion, rather than chasing them away or killing them, the palm oil company did the right thing and contacted us so we could move them to a place of safety.’

Palm oil is an ingredient found in up to half of processed foods, and is also increasingly being used as a biofuel in petrol tanks and power stations.

The expansion of oil palm plantations into high conservation value forests is recognised as a leading threat to critically endangered species including orangutans, elephants and tigers.

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