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Baby orang-utan a 'ray of light'

The baby orang-utan has been named Kirana by zoo visitors

A Sumatran orang-utan baby which was born at Chester Zoo - the second in less than 12 months - has been named by visitors to the Cheshire zoo.

More than 3,000 people chose from six names, picking Kirana, which means 'beautiful ray of light', with Tuti running a close second.

The birth brings the number of Sumatran orang-utans at Chester to eight.

Kevin Buley, Head of Zoo Programmes, said her arrival had "helped brighten up the dreary winter months".

He added: "I am personally quite relieved that Tuti wasn't the chosen name as I would have had that Little Richard song Tutti Frutti going round in my head for the next 12 months."

Orang-utans give birth every six to eight years and Kirana is the second to be born at the zoo in less than a year with orang-utan Emma giving birth to Indah first.

Baby orang-utans are naturally small - tipping the scales at between 1.5 and 2 kgs.

The zoo also has five Bornean orang-utans, including Donna who recently arrived from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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