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Trolley Joly

This is Dorset

ONE passenger on the Moscow to Heathrow flight in two weeks' time will certainly be up to a bit of monkey business - as she is an eight-month-old orang-utan. The government has taken the unprecedented step of allowing baby Joly to travel in the cabin of the plane, as she is too young to be left alone in the cargo hold, where animals normally travel. Joly is being brought over to ape rescue centre Monkey World, near Wareham, from Moscow Zoo after she was born in captivity but rejected by her mother. A new project has been set up through the European Breeding Programme so that all orphaned orang-utans are brought up together - at Monkey World. Dr Alison Cronin, who runs the centre with husband Jim, said orang-utans which had been taken from their mothers in the wild often did not know what to do with their own babies once they were born. She added: "There's a possibility that Joly's mum was born to a mother that was an orphan - it will perpetuate through the generations. "We've now had a female who's looked after her baby and all of the others who haven't reared their babies in the past are watching them." "Roro is pregnant again now and we are hoping that the next time around she has learned enough so we will be watching her to see if she does it." Monkey World was first contacted by Moscow Zoo last autumn and has since been sorting out all the paperwork to allow Joly to travel to the UK. Dr Cronin said: "I managed to get the British government to accept that she was too small to go in the cargo hold on her own. "They've given special permission for her to go on the plane in a kangaroo pouch." One of Monkey World's keepers flew out to Moscow on Saturday to meet Joly and she will be returning to the UK in two weeks' time. Joly is the second baby orang-utan to be brought to Monkey World under the new programme. The first ape was Aris, who arrived in February 2005.

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