Naturalists have confirmed that the last surviving Bornean orangutan has been killed during a violent brawl in a pub in Whitechapel, East London.
The critically endangered creature was sitting at a corner table with two of its keepers from London Zoo, who were transporting it to Whipsnade for a veterinary procedure, when a fight broke out at the pool table after one of the players was accused by his opponent of playing a push stroke.
It is understood that the animal became extremely alarmed at this point and joined in the melee. It was killed when one of the brawlers struck it over the head with a cue.
A spokesman for The World Wildlife Fund said last night: “This is a tragic day for the world of wildlife. To lose an endangered primate in a pub punch-up like this is absolutely tragic and should serve as a stark warning to everybody about the dangers of excessive drinking”
This latest incident comes just 6 months after one of the last surviving Hawksbill Turtles was killed after plunging from a hotel balcony in Magaluf.