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Gemma and fella Marcus go ape

The Sun

GEMMA ATKINSON and MARCUS BENT are a thoughtful pair. The couple have adopted an abused Chimpanzee called Bryan after being touched by a documentary about the plight of monkies at a Dorset wildlife park. Bryan was trained as a beach photographer's prop in Mexico but suffered at the hands of his cruel owner, who regularly beat him and knocked out his teeth to stop him biting tourists. Brilliant cause After he was rescued last year and housed at Monkey World, the five-year-old was featured in a TV programme about the park that was founded in 1987 by the late JIM CRONIN. Gemma, who visited Bryan for the first time yesterday, said: "We have adopted Bryan, who was being kept by a beach photographer. We are delighted to help out. "This is a brilliant cause that Jim started and we only hope that other people jump on board and adopt." Cronin was awarded an honorary MBE in 2006 for his work to protect the species around the world.

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