5-Year-Old Orangutan Kukur Was Rescued in West Borneo
December 11, 2020
An orangutan who was wrongly being kept as a ‘pet’ in Senduruhan Village, Hulu Sungai District, Ketapang, West Borneo, was recently rescued by the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in West Kalimantan, along with a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia.
The orangutan, named Kukur, was being kept in a hut in the middle of the woods, living with a family and their dogs, pigs, and chickens. The orangutan’s ‘owner’ claimed to have found Kukur in the forest while he was farming. He said he felt sorry for the orangutan and brought him home, where he was tied up with a rope around his neck and fed rice, instant noodles, coffee, and fruit.
The team transported Kukur to the IAR Indonesia center in the village of Sungai Awan in the Ketapang District. The center has all the facilities required for the care and rehabilitation of orangutans. Kukur will spend eight weeks in quarantine, during which time he will also undergo further medical examinations to ensure that he is not harboring any diseases that could be transmitted to other orangutans at the facility.
As part of IAR Indonesia’s ongoing efforts to reduce cases of wildlife being kept in captivity, as well as to raise awareness of the need to protect animals in the wild to prevent the spread of zoonoses, IAR Indonesia fielded an education team in a number of areas, including the District of Hulu River.
General welfare provisions of Law No. 18 of Indonesia apply to wild animals. Article 66 provides that all measures shall be taken in the interest of animal welfare with relation to “catching and handling, placement and multiplication, care, transportation, slaughtering and killing, as well as reasonable treatment and tender care of the animal.” Moreover, Article 83 of Regulation 95 states that the survival of wild animals depends on humans, meaning this provision will apply to those animals that have been trapped or caught. Animals should be free from pain, injury, disease, discomfort, persecution, abuse, fear, and distress. However, these duties apply only to legal animal owners, those who keep animals as part of their jobs, and animal care facility owners.
See our blog on the protection of animals in Indonesia here.