An orangutan’s desperate attempt to fight a bulldozer on Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC documentary has laid bare the heartbreaking reality of deforestation.
In the documentary, Climate Change: The Facts, the ginger ape scampers along a fallen tree trunk towards the digger, which has destroyed its home in Borneo.
It lunges at the heavy machinery but he’s no match for the big claw and it falls helplessly into the branches below.
Many viewers were left heartbroken by the documentary and the plight of the orangutan.
One person wrote: ‘Seeing the Orangutan trying to stop the bulldozer broke my heart.’
Another said: ‘I’m so sad and feel physically sick, esp the clip of the poor Orangutan hanging off the trees as they were being chopped off.’
The distressing footage of the orangutan was originally shared by the International Animal Rescue (IAR) last year.
An IAR rescue worker can be seen in the video, edging closer with a dart gun as the ape falls.
The charity said they managed to rescue the animal and take it to safety.
Large swathes of rainforest in Borneo are being cut down and replaced by palm oil plantations.
Rampant consumer demand for palm oil is the major cause of deforestation and loss of habitat for orangutans.
It’s estimated as little as 50,000 orangutans live in the wild in Borneo today.
Attenborough presented the special show to highlight the effects of climate change on our planet.
It started with the 92-year-old broadcaster directly addressing viewers, saying: ‘Standing here in the English countryside, it may not seem obvious but we’re facing a manmade disaster on a global scale.
‘In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined.
‘It may sound frightening but the scientific evidence is, if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.
‘We’re running out of time, but there is still hope. I believe if we better understand the threat we face, the more likely it is we can avoid such a catastrophic future.’