This is the heartbreaking moment a desperate orangutan attacks a mechanical digger tearing down its jungle home.
It shows the orangutan running along a fallen tree so it can reach out and grab the excavator’s bucket, as shocked logging workers look on.
As the bucket is lifted into the air, the great ape tries to hang on but is then knocked to the ground below. The beast then tries to scramble around the back of the bulldozer so it climb back on.
The whole forest around him has been destroyed.
The amazing footage, taken at Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, was uploaded to Facebook by workers from International Animal Rescue (I.A.R).
The animal charity revealed they were able to save the animal from harm and take him away to safety.
IAR wrote, “Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve and die.”
Critically endangered apes in Borneo are still being threatened by illegal logging, more than a year after the Indonesian government promised to end the practice.
Photos taken by Greenpeace in March showed at least six illegal logging settlements in Sungai Putri, a 57,000-hectare peatland forest which is home to about 1,200 orangutans.
The logging takes place under cover of darkness, with trucks emerging each dawn to transport the wood to sawmills and furniture shops in Ketapang, a city on the west coast.
Since the 1970s, Bornean orangutans have lost over half of their natural habitats because of logging operations. Along with the apes’ homes being destroyed, many are at risk of being shot if they try to come back to the land after a palm plantation has been established.
“Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world, and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan. Without forests like this, they can’t survive.” Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of IAR in Indonesia, stated.
IAR is actively working on the ground on-site in Indonesia on land conservation efforts to safeguard the orangutans’ homes. However, as forests are continuously leveled by development, they need all the help they can to protect these precious apes.
To help save Bornean orangutans, you can donate to International Animal Rescue and can also spread the word regarding how palm oil destroys their ecosystems and try your best to not buy products that contain palm oil.