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First-class travel for orang-utan as he takes ferry from Spain to Dorset

19th December, 2010

Abandoned orang-utan Silvestre was treated to first-class travel on a luxury ferry as he left his home in Spain for a new life in Wareham, Dorset. 

Silvestre, the 11-month-old Sumatran orang-utan, in his ferry cabin from Spain to the UK (PA)
Silvestre, the 11-month-old Sumatran orang-utan, in his ferry cabin from Spain to the UK

Silvestre, an 11-month-old Sumatran orang-utan (pictured above), travelled by ferry to his new home in the creche at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.

He was taken to the UK from the zoo in Santillana del Mar, where he had been rejected by his mother, by ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.

But this was no ordinary trip, as Silvestre - who is one of a critically endangered species - was treated to one of the best cabins on his Brittany ferry.

The expedition was not without pitfalls though, as special permission from the British authorities was necessary for Silvestre to travel in the specialist accommodation alongside zoo employees.

He seemed oblivious to all the fuss though - having a great time gazing out of the window and larking around in the cabin. Probably.

Sumatran orang-utans normally stay with their mothers until the age of seven, so Silvestre is missing out on a 'normal' childhood by emigrating.

However, his carers hope the baby will be able to learn from his companions Dinda and Lingga at the creche.

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