Malaysians are forced to endure the haze due to the forest fires from Indonesia but it looks like we’re not the only ones who have to suffer from this. While we can have a brief respite from the smoke by escaping indoors, the wildlife in the forest are stuck and suffering the most from the horrible forest fires.
Critically ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ orangutans in Kalimantan were reported to have mild respiratory ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs after breathing in the severely polluted air. While some rescue efforts have been made to evacuate orangutans away from the fires, many wild animals in the forests have been caught off guard by the widespread fire, including large snakes believed to be ʙᴜʀɴᴇᴅ ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ.
A conservation group, CAN Borneo, posted a video of locals dragging ᴅᴇᴀᴅ snakes out of a burnt tract of the forest at Baamang Tengah in Central Kalimantan on Sep. 13, 2019.
These images show the ᴄʜᴀʀʀᴇᴅ ᴄᴀʀᴄᴀss of a gigantic predatory snake said to measure over 30 feet in length which was found burned to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ in a forest fire. The animal believed to be a reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) could not Esᴄᴀᴘᴇ as its territory was engulfed in flames during the widespread fires currently burning out of control.
A surge in forest fires in Borneo and Sumatra – similar to those in the Brazilian Amazon – were reported last week, with the disaster spreading toxic haze across the region and affecting neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.
At least two people – a four-month-old girl and a 59-year-old man – have ᴅɪᴇᴅ as a result of the worsening haze on the islands, local reports said. The out-of-control fires are an annual occurrence in Indonesia, and are deliberately started by farmers and landowners in order to convert large swathes of rainforest into plantations for the lucrative production of palm oil.
On 16th September, the Indonesian National Police said they had arrested nearly 200 people suspected of involvement in ꜰᴏʀᴇsᴛ-ʙᴜʀɴɪɴɢ activities.
So many innocent animals are ʟᴏsɪɴɢ their homes and lives due to these forest fires caused by humans’ greed. Hopefully, this will stop soon as we are all suffering from the terrible haze – animals and humans alike.