General Fiction posted January 13, 2019

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Orangutan literally means : People of the forest.

Mankind's Shame

by tempeste

All creatures great and small Contest Winner 

Hungry, his mother overcame her natural fear of man and foraged in a fruit crop.

Merciless, she was shot dead; her terrified one-year old son, caged, was sold as a pet in the local market, destined never to see his lush green habitat again.

Man's greed has no limits.

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Write a 50-word flash fiction story about an animal (or that prominently features an animal) -- any animal, great or small, wild or tame... Exactly 50 words.

All creatures great and small
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Their future is bleak as deforesting in Borneo and Sumatra persists to make room for paper and oil palm plantations.

Female orangutans give birth about once every 6-8 years. Infants stay with their mother for six to seven years, until they have learnt the necessary skills to survive on their own. During this time a special bond is formed between mother and child.

In the last 20 years more than 80% of orangutan habitat has disappeared . We are loosing over 6,000 individuals a year.
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