Indonesia pet orangutans released back into the wild

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Sumatran orangutan Reipok Rere swings on a tree after her release at the Pinus Jantho Forest Reserve. (AFP)
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Sumatran orangutan Elaine in her cage before being returned to the wild at Pinus Jantho Forest Reserve. (AFP)
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A ranger feeds Sumatran orangutan named Elaine at the forest reserve in Jantho. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2019
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Indonesia pet orangutans released back into the wild

  • Primates were returned to the wild at Pinus Jantho Forest Reserve
  • A string of fatal attacks on the great apes in recent has been blamed on farmers and hunters

JAKARTA: The young orangutan looks back at her rescuers before clambering over her steel cage and into the trees, swinging from hand to hand and hanging upside down.
Five-year-old primate Elaine, covered in fuzzy cinnamon-colored hair, was one of two critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans released back into the wild Tuesday.
Both female apes were rescued after being kept as pets by villagers in Aceh province on Sumatra island.
Elaine and four-year-old Reipok Rere spent nearly two years learning to fend for themselves at a rehabilitation center and “forest school” before being returned to the wild at Pinus Jantho Forest Reserve.
The healthy pair have joined nearly 120 other orangutans freed from captivity at the conservation site, said the Aceh natural resources conservation agency.
The rescue is a rare spot of bright news for the critically endangered species, which has seen its habitat shrink drastically over the past few decades largely due to the destruction of forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining.
A string of fatal attacks on the great apes in recent has been blamed on farmers and hunters.
Plantation workers and villagers are sometimes known to attack the animal because they see it as a pest, while poachers also capture them to sell as pets.


Want to stay relevant? Fight me, Pacquiao tells Mayweather

Updated 15 min 44 sec ago
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Want to stay relevant? Fight me, Pacquiao tells Mayweather

  • Mayweather had earlier claimed that Pacquiao’s “entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name”
  • Mayweather is one of just seven pro fighters to have beaten Pacquiao

MANILA: Manny Pacquiao challenged Floyd Mayweather to face him again in the ring on Wednesday as the retired American star taunted the Filipino great about fighting on into his forties.
Pacquiao, 40, who beat Keith Thurman on a split decision at the weekend, bit back at Mayweather on social media after the American accused him of trading on his name.
“You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? if you want to be relevant again... #MayPac2,” Pacquiao tweeted.
Mayweather, who retired at 40 in 2017 with the unprecedented win-loss record of 50-0, had earlier claimed that Pacquiao’s “entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name.”
“It’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own,” he posted on Instagram.
“When we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words!” added Mayweather, alongside a picture of his 2015 defeat of Pacquiao.
But Mayweather, who was ringside in Las Vegas as Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in boxing history, stayed silent about a rematch as he answered the Filipino in a later post.
“Bottom line, I make more money than you... I beat you mentally, physically and financially!” he wrote.
“Remember, you fight cause you have to, I fight when I want to!“
Mayweather is one of just seven pro fighters to have beaten Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won world titles in eight weight divisions.