Ger­man tourist adopts Baby Mas

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KUCHING: Adopt­ing one orang­utan baby at Se­meng­goh Wildlife Cen­tre here is some­thing very per­sonal for a Ger­man lady Daniela Sch­mitz.

“I got to know the orang­utan by read­ing a book writ­ten by an English au­thor some­time ago.

“In his book there is one char­ac­ter, a li­brar­ian, who is orang­utan and so for me com­ing here is some­thing very per­sonal be­cause I love that book and the orang­utan char­ac­ter.

“There­fore, it is im­por­tant for me to adopt one orang­utan here,” she said.

Sch­mitz, 44, was met af­ter she joined the cake cut­ting cer­e­mony in con­junc­tion with the first birth­day of the orang­utan Mas, who is be­lieved to have been born on Septem­ber 16, 2016.

She is among the 60 peo­ple so far who have adopted Mas.

Baby Mas is a very spe­cial male baby orang­utan. Not only is it a Malaysia Day baby orang­utan, but it also al­le­vi­ated its mother’s sad­ness af­ter the tragic death of its el­der brother Dig­i­tal Guro in Novem­ber 2015 due to pneu­mo­nia.

It was named Mas tak­ing the ab­bre­vi­a­tion of Malaysia. As seen from the fam­ily tree, Mas is the fourth grand­child of Se­duku.

Se­duku the ‘Grand old lady’ was the great tes­ti­mo­nial of the suc­cess of orang­utan re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts in Sarawak as she was able to live freely in the nat­u­ral habi­tat of Se­meng­goh For­est and breed af­ter years of un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Al­though no orang­utan ap­peared dur­ing the in­ter­view yes­ter­day morn­ing, Sch­mitz was not dis­ap­pointed at all.

“Even if I don’t see them, I think the most im­por­tant thing is that wildlife con­ser­va­tion is be­ing done here.

“Even if they (orang­utan) are not here for me, it’s great to know that there is some­thing like this here.

“I don’t need to see the orang­utan al­though it will be great to see one, which will cer­tainly make me happy,” she said adding that she hoped the orang­utan will ap­pear when she come back dur­ing feed­ing time in the af­ter­noon.

Sch­mitz said she was also so happy with the Se­meng­goh Wildlife Cen­tre adding that the place was so beau­ti­ful, great and won­der­ful.

“I’m a bit over­whelmed as there are lots of things here which look so great,” she said.

About an hour af­ter the in­ter­view, Ritchie, the cen­tre’s dom­i­nant male de­scended but it is not cer­tain whether Sch­mitz was still there.

Sch­mitz (left) be­ing in­ter­viewed.

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