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Orangutan baby born a star at Frankfurt Zoo
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Orangutan baby born a star at Frankfurt Zoo

Published: 21 Dec 2012 07:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Dec 2012 07:50 GMT+01:00

A three-week-old orangutan baby has become the newest star at the Frankfurt Zoo.

Named Sayang, Indonesian for “darling,” the cute primate has stayed clutched to the chest of its mother Rosa since birth, making it impossible to determine if it’s a boy or girl.

“The baby has light grey hair, which is a bit unusual for orangutan babies, but typical for Rosa’s offspring,” said zoo director Manfred Niekisch in a statement this week.

Click here to see more pictures of Sayang

Sayang is the fourth child of the 23-year-old orangutan female. Its father Charly has also been prolific over the past 50 years: he already has two great-grandchildren.

Orangutan babies normally nurse for the first year, however, they begin to eat solid foods after six months.

The highly intelligent species of great ape are only found only in the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their survival in the wild is considered endangered.

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10:21 December 21, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
Just remember every time you fill up your Diesel you are probably helping destroy some of this creatures habitat. A proportion of Diesel now contains 'BioDiesel' - you can see it on the pump next time you buy some - contains 10% BioDiesel. One of the biggest exporters of Bio Diesel is South Esat Asia. Next time you take a holiday to Asia take a look out of your plane window and you will see for yourself the destruction of the forests to make way for highly profitable BioDiesel crops.
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