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Return of “Drugged” Orangutan Baby from Kuwait is Very Slow (Nov 23, 2016)
Posted on 19:34 November 23rd, 2016


The “drugged” Indonesian orangutan baby in Kuwait has not been returned to Indonesia due to slow administrative process in Kuwait. Director of Biodiversity Conservation at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Dahono Adji, told this to Scorpion Foundation today, Wednesday (23/11/2016).

He said, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has been in contact with BOS Foundation for possible return of this orangutan to Borneo as it is a Bornean orangutan.

CEO of BOS Foundation, Dr. Jamartin Sihite confirmed to Scorpion Foundation today that BOS is ready to receive this orangutan baby to start reintroduction process. “We are ready to accept this orangutan in our rescue centre. It is still very young and can be released back in the wild,” Dr. Jamartin said.

Speaking anonymously, another orangutan conservation officer in Borneo  told Scorpion that the process of returning this orangutan baby from Kuwait to Indonesia is too slow. “It has been six months since Kuwait government asked Indonesia to return this orangutan back to Indonesia. With such a slow process, I think it is fair to question seriousness of the government in returning this orangutan  back to Indonesia,” he said.

The Arab online media www.arabtimesonline.com reported in July this year that the baby orangutan is on the verge of being deported after it was caught under narcotic influence. It has been referred to the Kuwait Zoo in preparation for deportation, reports Al- Rai daily quoting sources from the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).

Revealing that the orangutan was referred to PAAAFR by Ministry of Interior, the sources explained that its owner was arrested following a traffic accident two months ago after he and his pet baby orangutan appeared under the influence of drugs. The owner, who was referred to the General Department of Drug Control, admitted that he used to share drugs with his pet for fun.

PAAAFR kept the orangutan in its custody for some time before sending it to the zoo.

Reportedly, PAAAFR has contacted the Embassy of Indonesia and has requested to send the orangutan to Indonesia because it is the place of origin of the orangutan and is considered as one of the animals under the threat of extinction.

The sources insisted the orangutan should be sent to its natural habitat in accordance with the provisions of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which aims to ensure the survival of animals and plants. They affirmed that the one-year old baby orangutan is receiving full care at the zoo, adding that its mood keeps changing due to its addiction to drugs.

 Link to the Arab Times report.


Photo: from www.arabtimesonline.com


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