23 Jan '11, 11am

M'sia will help NGOs to bring back orang utans from zoos abroad and rehabilitate them in their native environment Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - MALAYSIA will help non-governmental organisations to bring back orang utans from zoos abroad and rehabilitate them in their native environment in Sabah. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said that the government was keen to assist in the rescue of displaced orang utans currently placed in zoos in Europe and United Kingdom. He said one obese orang utan named Oshine, highlighted by the international media, was rescued from a private owner in South Africa and was now being rehabilitated at Monkey World in Dorset, UK. 'It is being put on a diet in the centre as it had grown too fat and has apparently never seen another orang utan until it arrived at Monkey World,' he said during a dialogue with Sabah NGOs regarding issues pertaining to plantations. 'I told them (NGOs) this is one thing (rescuing orang utans) that they may wan...

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