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‘Notorious’ orangutan is star attraction … but animal groups say he is being ‘exploited’

Handsy ape triggers feminists, animal rights crowd

DAILY MAIL – Panisara Rikulsurakan, 26, was visiting Bangkok’s Safari World in Thailand when she stopped to sit down and pose with the cheeky primate named Nhong.

Wearing black shorts and a pink top, Ms Rikulsurakan sits down on a bench in front of the orangutan who needs no invitation to wrap his long arms around her in an affectionate manner.

Shortly after, Nhong then flashes a smile at the crowd before bringing the woman in closer to cheekily kiss her on the cheek as she and those watching on break out into fits of laughter.

The orangutan then briefly removes his arms from Ms Rikulsurakan before placing them back on her – this time straight onto her breasts.

Despite being shocked by the ape’s actions, Ms Rikulsurakan continues to see the funny side as her top starts to slide off her right shoulder while the orangutan continues to peck her on the cheek.

“Questions have been raised about the use of the orangutan to perform its hallmark stunt with animal rights groups such as PETA complaining that he is being ‘exploited and humiliated’.”

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Later on in the video, Ms Rikulsurakan can be seen stroking Nhong as the orangutan lies down in front of her.

Speaking after meeting the primate, Ms Rikulsurakan said: ‘The orangutan is so friendly.

‘I love coming to the safari park to see him. He’s the star attraction because everyone loves having their picture taken with him.’

The orangutan lives in an enclosure at the Safari World zoo in the Thai capital. One of his roles is to stand with tourists as they have pictures taken.

Orangutans are among the smartest primates, and as one of the least aggressive great apes are generally non-violent to humans.

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Women are even said to be flocking to the zoo to visit Nhong because of the popularity of the videos on social media.

Despite concerns over the treatment of orangutans, Ms Rikulsurakan added: ‘Nhong is always so clean and he’s treated well … “

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