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Orangutan rescued after being injured by poachers

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Photo: NBC News

Photo: NBC News

INDONESIA (NBC News) –  After being shot, an orangutan was rescued and received medical help from an orangutan conservation center.

According to NBC News, a staff member at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia conducted a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan.

He was found with air gun pellets embedded in his body.

The center has cared for over 280 orangutans and over 200 have been reintroduced into the wild.

NBC News reports the critically endangered primate population is dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habitat.