Orangutan Death and Scavenging by Pigs

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Science  07 Apr 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4337, pp. 68-70
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4337.68


Pongid remains are rarely recovered from tropical rain forests. Observations of a Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus) scavenging an orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) carcass and the recovery of an orangutan skull fragment corroborates evidence from Africa and suggests that the scavenging of wild pigs may play an important role in the destruction of pongid remains.