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Blinded Orangutan Found at Palm Oil Plantation With 74 Air Gun Pellets in Her Body



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If you or your loved ones continue to use palm oil that is harvested in an unsustainable fashion, you are part of the problem. No matter how uncomfortable this truth is, it needs to be shared in an attempt to stop unnecessary tragedies such as this.

Recently, a Sumatran orangutan named Hope, along with her baby, were found at a palm oil plantation in the Subulussalam district of Aceh province on the island of Sumatra. The blinded mammal was suffering from broken bones and was riddled with a whopping 74 air gun pellets.

The mother and her baby were found on March 10 by veterinarians from the Orangutan Information Centre and BKSDA Aceh. They were immediately rushed back to a clinic where Hope’s injuries were examined.

IFLScience reports that Hope was suffering from fractured bones and a sharp tool wound on her right arm. X-rays also revealed that her body contained at least 74 air rifle pellets. Multiple pellets were also found in her eyes. As a result, the orangutan was totally blind and defenseless. 

According to her rescuers, the young baby died on the way to the clinic as a result of malnutrition. Had Hope been uninjured and able to see, she could have fed her offspring.

The Sumatran orangutan has since undergone surgery to repair a broken arm and remove the air gun pellets. She remains in a “very poor state,” but is expected to recover. the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in a statement:

“According to our vet, ‘Hope’ will need a long time care and recovery treatment. Especially for her mental rehabilitation since we know this adult female orangutan just lost her little baby when still breastfeeding.”

Flash Update about Orangutan 'Hope'from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Quarantine and Rehabilitation Center in North Sumatra.Three days under the care and monitoring of the SOCP Vet team, Orangutan 'Hope' looks in better condition. She is starting to eat some fruits and drink milk. But she's still in the intensive care cages. SOCP Vet team is planning to conduct further medical treatment for her bone fracture soon.Stay updated with us and give your best hope to orangutan 'Hope'…Help us to continue the SOCP's much needed welfare and conservation work for orangutan and its habitat. Please visit : terkini tentang Orangutan 'Hope' di Pusat Karantina dan Rehabilitasi Orangutan YEL-SOCP di Sumatera Utara.Setelah tiga hari dalam perawatan dan monitoring intensif tim dokter hewan YEL-SOCP, orangutan 'Hope' tampak dalam kondisi membaik. Dia sudah mulai makan beberapa jenis buah dan juga minum susu. Tapi orangutan masih dalam kandang fasilitas perawatan intensif. Tim dokter hewan sedang merencanakan untuk melakukan tindakan medis lanjutan terhadap kondisi patah tulang yang dialaminya.Tetap update informasnya dengan kita dan sampaikan harapan terbaikmu untuk orangutan 'Hope'…Bantu kami untuk melanjutkan program-program konservasi orangutan dan habitatnya di Sumatera. Silahkan kunjungi : #SaveOrangutan #SumatranOrangutan #OrangutanRehablitation #Hope #74Peluru #SOCP #YEL #PanEco

Posted by Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) on Friday, March 15, 2019

She is starting to eat some fruits and drink milk. But she’s still in the intensive care cages.”

The dangers of palm oil

Palm oil is a cheap and versatile vegetable oil that is used as a biofuel, animal feed and additive in thousands of household and cosmetic products. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of the oil, which is used in around 50 percent of all consumer goods.

The increasing demand for the product has been cited as a major contributor to the deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests. In Malaysia and Indonesia, many critically endangered and endemic animals—like orangutans, pygmy elephants, and Sumatran rhinos—are threatened by palm oil cultivation.

According to the IUCN Red List, there are just 13,500 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild. If action isn’t taken to limit palm oil production and protect vulnerable species, stories like Hope’s will only become more common. 

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida



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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son



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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Blue Whales Return to Spain’s Coast After Disappearing for 40 Years



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Blue whales have been returning to the Atlantic coast of Spain after an absence of over 40 years in the region, when whaling industries drove the species to the brink of extinction.

Blue whales, which are the world’s largest mammals, had long disappeared from the region until the recent sightings.

The first was spotted off the coast of Galicia near Ons Island by marine biologist Bruno Díaz, who heads the Bottlenose Dolphin Research.

Another one of the majestic creatures was spotted the following year in 2018 and yet another in 2019. In 2020, two whales again made their return to the area.

It remains unclear as of yet as to why the creatures have returned to the area, but controls on local whaling industries are believed to play a role.

“I believe the moratorium on whaling has been a key factor,” Díaz remarked, according to the Guardian. “In the 1970s, just before the ban was introduced, an entire generation of blue whales disappeared. Now, more than 40 years later, we’re seeing the return of the descendants of the few that survived.”

Whaling had been a traditional industry in Galicia for hundreds of years before Spain finally acted to ban whaling in 1986, long after the blue whale’s presence in the region had faded away.

Some fear that the return of the massive sea mammals is a sign of global warming.

“I’m pessimistic because there’s a high possibility that climate change is having a major impact on the blue whale’s habitat,” said marine biologist Alfredo López in comments to La Voz de Galicia.

“Firstly, because they never venture south of the equator, and if global warming pushes this line north, their habitat will be reduced,” he continued “And secondly, if it means the food they normally eat is disappearing, then what we’re seeing is dramatic and not something to celebrate.”

Díaz said that while the data certainly supports this theory, it is too early to determine climate as the precise cause.

“It is true that the data we have points to this trend [climate change] but it is not enough yet,” he told Público news.

Another possibility is that the ancestral memory of the old creatures or even a longing for their home may offer an explanation, according to Díaz.

“In recent years it’s been discovered that the blue whale’s migration is driven by memory, not by environmental conditions,” he said. “This year there hasn’t been a notable increase in plankton, but here they are. Experiences are retained in the collective memory and drive the species to return.”

In recent years, researchers have found that migratory patterns are also driven by the cultural knowledge existing in many groups of species.

Researchers believe this type of folk memory, or cultural knowledge, exists in many species and is key to their survival.

A typical blue whale is 20-24 metres long and weighs 120 tonnes – equivalent to 16 elephants – but specimens of up to 30 metres and 170 tonnes have been found.

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