In January another orangutan was saved from being harmed. The orangutan was rescued from a village area and moved to a safe forest area.
On January 3rd 2015 Save the Orangutan's local partners BOS Foundation and RHOI succeeded in rescuing and moving a young male orangutan from the Nehas Liah Bing Village, East Kalimantan on Borneo, where the local community had spotted the orangutan damaging their crops and luckily they reported it to the authorities.
Healthy but underweight
It took a full week of searching of the the indigenous forest in the area to find the orangutan and 2.5 hours to rescue him. He seemed to be healthy, but a little underweight and suffering from malnutrition.
A village elder of Nehas Liah Bing, called Ledjie Taq named the orangutan Waang Laas after one of their ancestors.
Released in safe forest area
After being sedated by Veterinarian, Dermawan Saputra, Waang Laas was taken to the Wehea indigenous forest. The moment the cage was opened, Waang Laas went straight towards a tree, climbed up and built a nest. Today, Waang Laas is back in his forest home, living the life of freedom he deserves.
Text: Eko Prasetyo, the BOS Foundation’s Best Management Practices (BMP) for Orangutan Conservation
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