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Chapter 5 - Hunting, Poaching and the Illegal Pet Trade
You've stumbled the wrong way, and now are a target for the hunters. Getting shot and maybe even eaten is definitely not how you want your life to end... suddenly you get an even nastier feeling in the pit of your stomach as you realise you're not the only one the humans are after. No matter what, you have to protect your baby!

Orangutan parents are very protective of their babies
I met this mother on my Sumatran Orangutan Conservation trip. Orangutan parents tend to be very protective of their babies. They teach the baby everything they know, so that when the baby grows up they can survive without their parents, but like humans, this takes several years.

You reel in horror as a gunshot narrowly misses your head. Everything is so frightening now that you begin to feel dizzy. If you don't get out of this, your baby will be taken away. Maybe it will have a chain slapped round its neck. Maybe it will end up getting abandoned when it gets older; too strong for the humans to control. Maybe something even worse might befall your baby; whatever happens, without you, your pride and joy will not get to learn all of the important survival skills needed to live in the rainforest. As the rest of your home crumbles around you and shadows gather, you find yourself wondering if anyone cares. You inwardly plead for someone, anyone, who can help save you...

Orangutans reproduce very slowly, and actually make very bad pets! Most of the time the parent is killed in the process of capturing the baby, and the babies themselves can be treated very cruelly.


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