[monkeywire] Bag-napping Orangutan apprehended in Malaysia
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Wed Sep 26 12:17:09 EDT 2007
An orangutan has had a fight with a French tourist at a wildlife sanctuary.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The animal left the visitors bruised and scratched in a tussle for her backpack.
Odile Nordon, 24, was taking photographs of female orangutan Delima
when attacked at Malaysia's Semenggoh Wildlife Centre on Borneo
Delima was roaming free when she grabbed at Ms Nordon's backpack,
according to chief park warden Wilfred Landong.
They fought briefly over the bag, with Delima ripping Nordon's
trousers. Park rangers gave the tourist medical treatment.
Mr Ladong said: "She had scratches and bruise marks on her knees and thighs."
Ms Nordon, who managed to keep her backpack, said she had thought
orangutans were "friendly, cuddly creatures".
"It's a painful lesson to find out the truth," she added.
Mr Landong said: "We are not faulting anyone. But we remind tourists
that they should not go too near the orangutans."
Orangutans are native to the forests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
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