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Orangutan found shot dead

The carcass of the female orangutan retrieved from the Kinabatangan River.

14th September, 2018

KINABATANGAN: An adult female orangutan aged 30 years old was found shot dead here with three gun pellets found inside its body.

The yet another tragic loss of Sabah’s endangered species was discovered after Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) received a report on the morning of Sept 11, of a carcass of an orangutan seen drifting in the waters of the Kinabatangan River.

The staff of Kinabatangan Wildlife Office and Honorary Wildlife Warden from HUTAN began a search for the orangutan carcass.

The search team recovered the orangutan carcass about 500 meters from its initial location reported on the same day.

In a statement yesterday, SWD public relation officer Siti Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh disclosed that the post-mortem result showed that the female orangutan has a physical wound on its abdomen, shoulder and foot.

“Three gun pellets were also discovered inside its body. The orangutan died due to massive internal bleeding from the gunshots,” she said.

She further noted that a police report was lodged and the case is investigated under Section 25 (1) Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 for hunting animals listed in Part 1 Schedule 1.

“The Sabah Wildlife Department urges anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Officer In-Charge of Kinabatangan Wildlife Office immediately,” she urged.

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