Orangutan is found blind and strewn with 24 air rifle pellets
Orangutan is left blind after Indonesian poachers have riddled his body with 24 air rifle pellets – including 16 in his head
- Paguh the orangutan was found with 16 pellets in its skull in Aceh, Indonesia
- Rescuers tried to remove more shrapnel, but feared further damaging the monkey
- Shooting at an orangutan has a maximum of five years in prison
An orangutan turned out to be blind and strewn with 24 air rifle pellets today is in a stable state after a team of vets removed three of them.
The male orangutan, called Paguh by its rescuers, was found last week with 16 metal pellets in its skull and eight in its body in Aceh, Indonesia.
The injured monkey was transported to an orangutan rehabilitation center in North Sumatra, where veterinarians tried to remove all remaining shrapnel.
His rescuers suspect that he was maimed by poachers.
A hand-out photo of the rescuers of the orangutan shows that Paguh received medical help last week at a reintroduction and quarantine station in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The monkey was riddled with air rifle pellets but is now in a stable state after the vets have removed three from its head
Paguh can be seen on November 20 after treatment at the reintroduction and quarantine station Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) in North Sumatra, Indonesia
One of the vets said that 16 pellets were sandwiched in the skull of Paguh, four in his arms and legs, three in his hip and one in his intestines.
According to Castri Delfi Saragih, communications officer at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, vets could only remove three pellets, leaving him with 13 in his head.
& # 39; Paguh is currently in a stable state after the veterinary team removed three pellets from its head, & # 39; Castri said Jakarta Post today.
While investigating Paguh, the team of veterinarians discovered that the monkey was completely blind and feared to risk further damage if they tried to remove the shot from its head.
An X-ray of Paguh's rescuers in North Sumatra last week shows the 16 pellets that have stuck to his head
A handout photo of November 20 shows a member of the vet team inspecting the eyes of Paguh in North Sumatra, Indonesia. On investigation, the team discovered that the orangutan was completely blind in both eyes
The Nature Conservation Agency treated a female orangutan in March for 74 air rifle pellets that nestled under its skin.
They managed to remove 10 of them and she survived.
However, an orangutan treated for pellet wounds in 2015 died after being transported to a rehabilitation center in North Sumatra.
Shooting an orangutan has a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of almost £ 5,500. Protection authorities are concerned that the authorities are not doing enough to ensure that air arms laws are complied with.
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