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Mother wanted for orphaned orangutan

Monday 29 Dec 2014 7:13 p.m.

A British charity is seeking a new mum for a 15-week-old orangutan, after his birth mother died suddenly shortly after he was born.

Staff at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset are crossing their fingers in hope another orangutan will raise the youngster as her own.

Bula Mata requires constant attention, like most babies, and is fed formula milk every four hours. Kate Diver is one of the four human carers who have stepped in to help raise the newly orphaned orangutan.

"He's started to smile a bit more now, he's started to play and is reaching out for things," says Ms Diver. "I think he's focusing more as well on his surroundings, and looking for things and is developing character more and more every day."

The relationship between parents and baby orangutans is unique – most infants stay with their mothers for seven years.

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