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Foster Mum Wanted For Orang-Utan At Monkey World

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Published at 7:06am 23rd December 2014. (Updated at 3:39pm 24th December 2014)

He's only 3 months old and weighs just 3kg but the latest addition to Dorset's Monkey World proves the best things do come in small packages.

The little orphaned Sumatran orang-utan called Bulu Mata made the trip to join his new family from the Budapest Zoo last week and now they're trying to find a new foster mum.

It is hoped that adult female orang-utan, Hsiao-quai, will not only adopt the new arrival, but also feed him.

Until then, Primate Care Staff feed and care for Bulu Mata around the clock, taking him home each evening to his very own nursery at the park.

At only 15 weeks old, he is getting fed baby formula every 3-4 hours and is unable to sit up on his own.

Like human babies, orang-utans are entirely dependant upon their mothers for survival but they are born with an amazing strong grip that allows them to cling onto their mother's coat while they climb through the rainforest canopy.

Monkey World's Director, Dr Alison Cronin, said "Bulu Mata is a beautiful little boy who needs a family of his own kind."

"Here at Monkey World we specialize in rehabilitating monkeys and apes and the most important thing we can do for this tiny infant is to give him a new mother of his own kind."

"It is going to take some time, but the initial signs are good - orang-utan mum, Hsiao-quai, is very interested in him and even her adopted daughter, Awan, seems to like Bulu Mata."

"It should only be a matter of time before she picks him up and adopts him for good. Until then we are very happy bridging the gap caring for him and so pleased we were able to help Budapest Zoo who saved his life."

Monkey World is home to the European crèche for orphaned orang-utans and, as such, provides sanctuary for any infants or youngsters that are not cared for by their mothers.

The specially designed nursery building has a gymnasium-sized playroom fitted out with climbing frames, hammocks, and ropes to encourage natural, arboreal orang-utan behaviour.

Most importantly there are 6 other orang-utans living there that include orphans from UK, Spain, Taiwan, and South Africa.

You can adopt Bulu Mata here:


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