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Abandoned at birth and looking for love: The adorable baby orangutan hoping to find a mum

 

28 February 2015

ABANDONED at birth, and unable to even sit up on her own, this six-week old orangutan just wants a mum.


Adorable ape baby Rieke and Monkey World director Alison Cronin

These touching images show baby Rieke being cared for by staff at a Dorset monkey sanctuary – rather than by her real mother.

She was left to fend for herself six weeks ago after her 11-year-old mother rejected her.

Four keepers at Monkey World in Dorset take turns caring for Rieke so the adorable baby does not get too attached to any one of them.

Rieke arrived at the sanctuary on Monday after being transferred from Berlin Zoo.

There she met her new pal Bula Mata, who is only five months old, recently arrived from a zoo in Budapest.

Rieke was born in Germany on January 12 and weighed in at just 4lb.

Speaking as he bid farewell to the ape, zoo keeper Christian Aust said: "We are pleased that Reike gets not only a new home amongst her own species, but also a playmate."


Bulu Mata, left, has already become good friends with Rieke

But soon it will be time for Rieke to be reintroduced to adult orangutans at Monkey World in the hope she can find a family – and someone to ape.

Berlin Zoo wanted Rieke to be raised in as natural environment as possible.

Monkey World already cares for a tribe of 18 orangutans.

They are optimistic one of the females will take Rieke as her own.

Orangutans are the most intelligent of the great apes and are critically at risk.

Some believe the species could be wiped out in under 25 years.

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