At a push meeting in Denpasar on Monday, law enforcement main Sr. Comr. Ruddi Setiawan said Zhestko was on his way to Russia.
The animals only exist on two islands — Sumatra and Borneo — with habitat loss and unlawful logging contributing to most deaths in the wild.
Talking to the Jakarta Publish on Saturday, Dewa Delanata, head of the airport’s quarantine business, reported Zhestkov was accused of “intentionally making use of an inhumane process” to allegedly smuggle the two-year-old orangutan.
“At first, we imagined it was a monkey. The officers have been afraid to open up the basket as they imagined the monkey would be aggressive and operate unfastened in the departure region,” Dewa said.