Orangutan Left Blind After Being Shot 24 Times With Air Rifle
An orangutan has been blinded and left suffering from horrendous injuries after being shot at least 24 times with an air rifle.
The vets that discovered the male orangutan, who has been named Paguh by his rescuers, have managed to now get him into a stable condition.
When they found out that the orangutan had been the victim of a sickening attack, they transported him to an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Northern Sumatra. That's when they discovered that they'd have to try to remove all of the pieces of shrapnel that had been left inside him.
It is thought that Paguh was shot by poachers.
One of the vets who has been responsible for Paguh said that, as well as removing 16 pellets from his head, they also found four in his arms and legs, three in his hip, and one in his gut.
That makes 24 in total.
In the end, they weren't able to reach all of the shrapnel to remove it. They managed to get three pieces out of his head, but resigned themselves to leaving 13 of the pellets in there.
Castri Delfi Saragih, the communications officer at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, told The Jakarta Post: "Paguh is currently in a stable condition after the veterinary team removed three pellets from his head."
While they were in the process of examining and treating the ape, they discovered that the attack had left him completely unable to see, and decided that further attempts to remove the shot from his head could serve only to cause further damage.
An X-Ray revealed the shocking amount of stuff that had been shot into him.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened, either.
The same conservation agency treated another creature in March after that orangutan was found with 74 air rifle pellets inside her. They got 10 of them out, and she survived.
Not all of the orangutans are so lucky, however.
In 2015, an orangutan died from pellet wounds after being transported to a rehab centre.
Shooting an orangutan carries a prison sentence of as much as five years and a fine that can be up to £5,500.
However, conservation agencies still believe that not enough is being done by the authorities to ensure that the laws are being kept.
Featured Image Credit: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme