A mother orangutan with her little baby clinging to her approached a village in Borneo. She was looking for food her her baby as her home had been encroached on first by the villagers and then stripped bare by palm oil companies.
A group of villagers spotted her, began throwing rocks at her and beating her with sticks.
A male orang nearby saw what was happening and tried to defend the already weakened and possibly already injured mother. He was chased away.
The villagers continued to beat the mother until she fainted. Then they tied her with ropes and tried to pull her daughter away. She rallied for a moment and tried to rescue her baby so the villagers dragged her to a pool of water and submerged her head until she passed out.
Then they threw her into a cage.
They tossed the baby in with her.
She was barely alive at this point, struggling under the beating she had been given and water in her lungs.
Mom mustered enough strength to put her arms around her frightened baby and hug her close. Her baby tried in vain to bite through the ropes that were binding her.
Fortunately an IAR‘s veterinarian stumbled on the scene and managed to rescue the mother and the child from the barbarity.
Unfortunately the beating, stoning and the drowning proved too much for the mother and despite the rescue, she died.
Just another day…
As far as orangutans are concerned it is just one of the ways that man is killing them off to make way for their palm oil and other products. An orang is likely to be either shot on sight or burnt from the wildfires caused by deforestation, or the mother is killed to steal her child so that people can take selfies with it.
Take your pick.