BERLIN (dpa) – Orangutan baby Rieke (AP pic, below) will travel from the Berlin Zoo to her new home in a rescue centre in the south of England on Monday, a zoo official told dpa.
“She will travel in a transport box together with her comfort blanket and toys to hold on to,” veterinarian Andre Schuele told dpa on Sunday. He said he suspected Rieke would sleep most of the day-long journey.
“If she’s hungry we will be right there and she will get her baby milk,” he said. When she arrives in the rescue centre in the county of Dorset, she will be fed in future by an ape wet nurse, he said.
Schuele and a zookeeper plan to accompany the four-week-old female orangutan, who was rejected by her mother shortly after she was born in Berlin Zoo. In the future, Rieke is expected to be raised with other rejected apes in a manner appropriate to her species by the people at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.