Rescued baby orangutans party in Ratchaburi centre

Two baby Sumatran orangutans rescued by border officials who foiled a bid to smuggle them into Thailand play after arriving at a wildlife center at Ratchaburi province in Thailand on Wednesday. (Reuters photo)

RATCHABURI: Two baby Sumatran orangutans rescued by border officials who foiled a bid to smuggle them into Thailand arrived at a wildlife centre on Wednesday, to stay until Indonesia decides on their return, officials said.

Let out of their cage, the new arrivals rubbed noses with another pair of baby orangutans already resident at the centre. They received a bath before exploring their new surroundings, holding onto each other all the while.

"Because they are still small, we have to keep these two inside a nursery enclosure as they need close attention," said Banpot Maleehuan, director of the Khao Pratab Chang Wildlife Breeding Center in central Thailand.

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