Fidelis E. Satriastanti
Anyin, the baby orangutan was brought by its owner to the Natural Resources Conservation Center in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, in critical condition has died.
“We did our best to save her, but her condition was very critical and she died at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,” Adi Irawan, a veterinarian and manager of International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) orangutan rehabilitation center, said on Wednesday.
Anyin was handed in by her owner last Friday because he feared that she was on the verge of death.
“Her condition was critical and she was barely conscious,” Adi said.
The owner had kept Anyin as a pet for 18 months before giving it to the center. The orangutan was reportedly kidnapped by hunters who killed its mother and then sold it for Rp 1.15 million ($120).
It came from Sambas district in West Kalimantan, said Karmele Llano Sanchez, the executive director of the IAR Indonesia Foundation.
“This area is home to the most endangered subspecies of the Bornean orangutan,” she said.
She added that the IAR vets suspected that Anyin had typhoid fever, a human disease that can be deadly for orangutans.
It remains unclear if the owner will face criminal charges. Trade in or possession of endangered species is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and up to Rp 100 million in fines.