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Orangutan makes great esc-APE

Orangutan Baby Silvestre, who is an endangered species, dined on citrus fruit and milk as he made the 24-hour crossing to Portsmouth, Hants.

Brittany Ferries gave the nappy-wearing primate a private four-bed suite for the 690-mile trip aboard the Cap Finistere from Santander, Spain.

He spent most of his time exploring his surroundings and swinging from ladders and bunk beds in his £150-a-night room and was even allowed to visit Captain Patrick Thomas on the bridge.


New home ... Silvestre at the rescue centre
New home ... Silvestre at the rescue centre

 
Keepers at Santillana Zoo, Spain, raised the Sumatran orangutan by hand for 11 months after his mum simply put him down and walked away.

He is now starting a new life at Europe's only creche for orphaned orangutans at Monkey World in Wareham, Dorset.

Dr Alison Cronin, from Monkey World, said they wanted to help him grow into a well-adjusted adult ape alongside his other adopted brothers and sisters.

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She said: "Silvestre travelled like a VIP and had a fantastic journey.

"He is a fluffy bundle of joy and has settled in well.

"I'm delighted to be able to offer him a place in our nursery group so this critically endangered species has as good a start in life as possible."

Brittany Ferries' Chris Jones said the animal had spent most of his time swinging around the room in the trip last week.

He added: "We get a lot of unusual requests but it's the first time I know we've carried an orangutan."

First class ... Silvestre enjoys the view
First class ... Silvestre enjoys the view

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