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Baby orangutan born

The Sun Newspaper Online

17 March 2005

PROUD mum Hsiao-Quai shows off her new orangutan baby, born on Tuesday.

The 11-year-old gave birth to the baby, which has not yet been named, at Monkey World ape rescue centre in Wool, Dorset.

Staff had been worried that Hsiao-Quai, who was rescued from captivity in Taiwan, would not know how to look after her new born, because she was an orphan.

But Alison Cronin, who runs Monkey World, said: "She has been attentive from the moment she was born. She cleaned him up, trimmed his cord, has cuddled him and kept him warm.

"When he grizzles she immediately showers him with little kisses so he knows she is around."

Mrs Cronin said there were an estimated 20,000 orangutans left in the wild in Borneo and Sumatra and that they were a critically endangered species.

She said that biologists estimate that the species will be extinct in the wild in the next decade.

The father of the baby, Tuan, was also rescued from captivity in Taiwan.

Mrs Cronin said: "We are just so pleased about something positive coming out of all this tragedy."

New arrival ... mum Hsiao-Quai with baby

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