A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists said Thursday.
Police have formally named three male suspects in the brutal killing in Kapuas Hulu district, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, while another seven are being questioned as witnesses to the crime.
Authorities launched an investigation after media ran stories showing gruesome pictures of the slaughtered ape.
The workers were detained after police found orangutan bones and dried meat in a cupboard at a plantation workers’ camp, in a remote part of the jungle-clad island, local police chief Jukiman Situmorang told AFP.
He said the three workers named as suspects stand accused of “shooting, hacking, chopping, cooking and eating the orangutan” on January 27. The men could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty of breaking laws that protect the animals.
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