INDONESIA: Orangutans attacked by villagers after fleeing fires

JAKARTA – An endangered Borneo orangutan and her baby escaped from raging fires in Indonesia that destroyed their forest habitat — only to be attacked by angry villagers, an animal rights group said Tuesday.

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food, but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human-animal conflict

The malnourished mother and her youngster were found distressed and clinging to one another when they were saved by International Animal Rescue as locals hurled rocks at them and tried to tie them up.

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food, but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human-animal conflict.

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