When rescuers cut Amy free and brought her to safety, they discovered something even sadder about her condition. After further examination, they found a gun pellet inside her armpit, which could mean she was wounded when villagers shot and killed her mother.
Sadly, in Borneo, Asia, many orangutans lose their homes when people cut down the forests to build palm oil plantations. The orangutans are then forced to leave their habitats and wind up getting shot and killed when searching for food. Many babies are taken from their mothers and are either kept as pets or sold in a wildlife market.
“This is a serious animal welfare problem,” Karmele L Sanchez, program director for IAR Indonesia, said in a statement. “Many orangutans in this area are … chained all their lives and living in deplorable conditions. You can see the sadness in Amy’s eyes. If we hadn’t rescued her, she would have suffered all her life, chained up until the day she died.”
When Amy first arrived at IAR’s rehab center, she was very depressed and would spend her time lying alone in a hammock. But after spending more time there, she began to warm up to everyone and break out of her shell. She even tried new foods.
Staff hopes that one day she can return to the wild, but for now all of their focus is on getting Amy back to full health. She also needs to learn survival skills to help her one day live in the wild, or else she’ll have to live at an orangutan sanctuary. Either way, she will now be loved and cared for the right way for the rest of her days.