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New haven for orangutans

A new hospital and animal sanctuary has been set up for orangutans in Malaysia, to prevent them from becoming extinct.

Orang Utan island is set in the middle of a lake at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort in Perak state, and is home to more than 20 primates.

Baby orangutans, many of whom have been rejected by their mothers, are looked after and monitored in the rehabilitation centre where they sleep in cots and are supervised and bottle-fed by staff.

Once the babies are old enough, they are socialised with other orangutans, before being released back into the wild.

Orangutans are one of the most endangered species in Malaysia and are under constant threat from logging, forest fires and illegal hunting.


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