Staff at Basel zoo are carrying out a paternity test after the birth of an orangutan with any one of three potential fathers.
Be a step up from Jeremy Vine’s normal guests.
This is very good though:
Sumatran orangutans are one of the most endangered animal species in the world, comprising only nine existing populations left in the wild, with just three populations numbering 1,000 or more.
Known as “gardeners of the forest”, they have a major role in rain forest seed dispersal and in maintaining the health of the forest ecosystem, a function that is vital for a range of other animals, including tigers, Asian elephants and Sumatran rhinos.
Despite the development of protected areas, more than 50 per cent of orangutans are found in forests under management by timber, palm oil and mining companies.
So, err, they’re perfectly happy in managed as opposed to unmanaged forest then?