Thursday, June 08, 2006

Orangutan seized from Cambodian government official

An orangutan has been seized from a senior government official in Cambodia as the animal was being driven across Phnom Penh in a taxi.

The four-year-old ape is said to have been rescued by wildlife conservationists in an operation backed by Cambodian military police.

But the official concerned - National Disaster Committee Nhim Vanda - says he received the orangutan two months ago, and had permission to keep the animal in one of his two private zoos.

He also says he will be filing a complaint if the ape is not returned.

Story here.

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