As an excavator crashes down on a pile of cut trees, an orangutan leaps down a large trunk, desperately trying to stop the machine with his hands.
He tries clinging onto the cold metal, but slips and falls down into the stack of trees that were once his home. The rain pours down as, shaking, he struggles to climb back up again.
The entire forest around him had been destroyed.
This was the heartbreaking scene caught on camera in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, recently as a construction crew demolished a section of the Sungai Putri Forest, a known habitat of critically endangered Bornean orangutans.
Luckily, International Animal Rescue (IAR) was nearby, and was able to save the orangutan and relocate him to a remote, protected area of forest. But his desperate plight shows just how far these animals have been pushed at the hands of humans.
“Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia,” IAR wrote about the video. “Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve and die.”
Sungai Putri Forest is one of the very few homes left for wild Bornean orangutans — but it’s under imminent threat from the expansion of palm oil plantations and other development projects.