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Thursday, 28 January 2016

My Boy's All Grown Up And Leaving Home...


As some of you may be aware, for the better part of a decade, I've 'adopted/sponsored' a young orang-utan called Kai at the world-famous Monkey World rescue centre, near Bournemouth.

This week I received a lovely letter from Alison Cronin, the director of the centre and widow of the late Jim Cronin, the founder of Monkey World, that Kai - and two female orang-utans, Joly and Lingga - would soon be relocating to a wildlife park in Spain.

"It is not always easy for female orang-utans to meet new large, fully mature, males so for the girls it will be a very nice transition into adulthood with a male of the same age and that they already know," wrote Alison.

Born at Monkey World on March 15, 2005, Kai has now reached an age when it is time for him to start his own adult group, and so as part of an international breeding program, he and the two ladies will soon be moving to Rio Safari Elche (RSE) in Spain.

Alison's letter explained that the Spanish park has a new house and enclosure for orang-utans, which Monkey World Primate Care Staff have already visited, while the team from RSE has spent time at Monkey World, getting to know Kai, Joly and Lingga and the care they have been receiving.

"We are very pleased that the transition to their new house and life shouldn't be too traumatic as both our organisations are working so closely together," Alison wrote. "Indeed, when the apes move, a couple of people from our Orang-utan Team will travel with them and stay for a few days to get them settled in."

I know it's a bit silly, but this news did get me quite teary-eyed. As well as being a proud adoptive parent, I'm delighted to think that my annual contributions have helped in some way to lead Kai to this major life-changing moment.

3 comments:

  1. That is very cool that they kept you informed as to what was happening to your adopted son.

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    1. All through my time as Kai's adoptive parents the centre has been excellent in keeping me up-to-date on his progress through their regular quarterly newsletter.

      This letter, letting me know he's now heading off, was a nice touch and has guaranteed, as if there was really any doubt, that I shall now adopt a new young primate as a surrogate son ;-)

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  2. They could always put them to work. I hear orangutans make good librarians. ;)

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