Vets treat orangutan targeted by poachers

Vets treat orangutan targeted by poachers

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SIBOLANGIT - APRIL 16: In this photograph taken on April 16, 2014, a veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia's ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Center on April 15, 2014 in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of forest and agricultural plantation. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners and over 200 have been reintroduced in the wilds. The critically-endangered primates population are dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habital that is being converted into palm oil plantation. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA (Photo credit should read SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 5:14 PM

Staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia came to the rescue of an orangutan targeted by poachers. He was reportedly found with several air gun pellets in his body.

The big guy looked as calm as can be during his exam.

Orangutans are highly endangered.

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