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Abandoned orangutan Rieke arrived in Dorset - and already has a playmate

2 March 2015

Rieke (left) with her adopted brother Bulu Mata at Monkey World in Dorset

Baby orangutan Rieke has arrived Monkey World in Dorset, the world's largest Rescue Centre for great apes.

Rieke was abandoned by her mother after her birth at berlin Zoo at the beginning of January, and zoo staff were forced to move the baby onto a bottle. The orangutan quickly became a crowd favorite, with Berliners submitting more than 300 name suggestions - from which Rieke was selected. Last weekend, visitors queued for hours to get a last glimpse at the baby monkey.

Rieke was brought to England by a special vehicle, accompanied by a veterinary surgeon and a nurse. The six week old orangutan will live at Monkey World in Wool amid 250 other monkeys.

The centre is also home to a small Sumatran orangutan named Bula Mata, only five months of age.

"We are pleased that Rieke gets not only a new home amongst her own species, but also a playmate around her own age," says zoo keeper Christian Aust.

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