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Orangutan, who has spent her entire life in a four by five foot crate, rescued by animal rights workers

The 'owner' admitted to finding the baby back in 2015 in the palm oil garden close to his home, keeping Senandung in a wooden cage while feeding her rice and fruits.

GEORGE MARTIN: ‘A young female orangutan that had been kept in a crate for nearly four years has been rescued by a team of conservationists and Indonesian Forestry officials. The female orangutan, named Senandung, was a victim of the illegal wildlife trade and was being kept by a local man in a small four foot by five foot crate. She became a ‘pet’ in the small Hamlet of Punai Jaya, Durian Sebatang Village in West Borneo where she was rescued on 4 February by a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

The ‘owner’ admitted to finding the baby back in 2015 in the palm oil garden close to his home, keeping Senandung in a wooden cage while feeding her rice and fruits, but claimed that he had previously tried to set her free in the forest before she had returned. Alan Knight, IAR Chief Executive, said: ‘Senandung is the first orangutan our team has rescued in 2019 but she certainly won’t be the last…

Residents in Durian Sebatang Village reported the existence of the orangutan to International Animal Rescue who sent a team to verify the information and after it was confirmed that the orangutan was being kept illegally a joint rescue team from IAR and the West Kalimantan BKSDA set off to rescue her… Although it is illegal to keep an orangutan as a pet, the practice is still common in the Ketapang District, particularly in very remote rural areas’. SOURCE…

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