30 Dec, 2010 @ 09:30
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Great Esc-APE for orphaned orangutan

IT is certainly something of a Great Esc-APE for this orphaned Spanish orangutan Silvestre.

First class travel certainly never felt this good as Brittany Ferries gave him a four-bed suite for the 24-hour trip aboard the Cap Finistere from Santander to Portsmouth.

He spent most of his time swinging from ladders and bunkbeds in his 150-euro-a-night cabin, but he also had an opportunity to visit the ship’s bridge.

The 11-month-old Sumatran orangutan was born at Santillana Zoo, in Cantabria, but after the birth his mother simply put him down and walked away.

He was kept alive by zoo keepers who bottle-fed him milk.

Brittany Ferries’ spokesman Chris Jones said: ‘He’s a lovely little orangutan – he just melts
your heart.

‘We couldn’t put him out on deck so he used a normal passenger cabin. He had a great time”

He will now join other apes at the world’s first ‘monkey creche’ at Monkey World, in Dorset.

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