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Rescued Albino Orang Utan Is Named Alba

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JAKARTA – A conservation group said yesterday it has chosen the name Alba for a rare albino orang utan rescued from captivity in Indonesia, after receiving a flood of suggestions from the public.

The name means “dawn” in Spanish and “white” in Latin, and the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation said the choice carried great significance.

BOS Foundation launched an appeal last week for members of the public to pick a name for the female Bornean orang utan, and said they had received thousands of suggestions from around the world.

The white-haired, blue-eyed animal was rescued on the Indonesian part of Borneo island last month from villagers who had been keeping it in a cage.

The five-year-old was in poor condition after being rescued, but the foundation said it was now having a “great recovery” and had gained about 4.5kg in the past fortnight. – The Star Online

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