BANGKOK (Reuters) – Two critically endangered orangutans smuggled into Thailand three many years in the past were returned to Indonesia on Thursday, where they will endure rehabilitation in advance of staying launched into the wild.
Ung Aing and Natalee, both of those four-year-outdated Sumatran orangutans, have been taken from a wildlife rescue centre in Ratchaburi province to Bangkok’s airport, right before becoming set on a flight to Indonesia in which they will in the beginning stay at a rehabilitation centre in Jambi Province on Sumatra island.
In advance of becoming set on the flight, the pair have been fed with bananas and eco-friendly apples, and cleared of getting COVID-19 soon after using a examination, reported Suraphong Chaweepak, a director at the Thai division to shield wild fauna and flora.
“This is the fifth repatriation of orangutans back again to Indonesia due to the fact 2006,” Prakit Vongsrivattanakul, an formal at Thailand’s Section of Countrywide Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation claimed at the airport. A total of 71 orangutans have now been repatriated to Indonesia from Thailand.
The two good apes ended up seized on the Thai-Malaysian border in 2017 and following the smugglers ended up prosecuted, Thailand agreed to deliver them back again to Indonesia, according to a joint statement from Thailand’s wildlife and conservation ministry and Indonesia’s embassy in Bangkok.
Orangutans are poached illegally from forests for foods, to receive infants for the domestic and intercontinental pet trade, or for regular drugs.
There are only approximated to be close to 100,000 Bornean orangutans still left in the wild, in accordance to the Earth Wildlife Fund, although only about 7,500 Sumatran orangutans are considered to keep on being.
In addition to unlawful poaching, populations have crashed for the reason that of habitat destruction due to large-scale logging and replacement of forests with hard cash crops these as palm oil.
(Composing by Ed Davies Editing by Karishma Singh)
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