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Danish Prince Christian's menagerie grows

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dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday December 1, 2006

Copenhagen- Young Danish Prince Christian's menagerie has been enlarged further with the addition of an orangutang in Indonesia, reports said Friday. The Danish branch of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) said it had sponsored an orangutang in Indonesia as an early Christmas gift, news agency Ritzau reported.

The conservation group said the orangutang - that would be named after the prince - would however remain at a rehabilitation centre in Borneo.

The charity works with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry for the conservation of orangutans and their ecosystem.

As a christening present, the 13-month-old prince earlier this year received four Tasmanian devils.

The dog-sized mammals, native to Australia's southernmost island where his mother Crown Princess Mary was born, were welcomed to Copenhagen Zoo last April.

The crown princess, her husband Crown Prince Frederik and young Christian have in recent days visited Australia.

The Danish royal couple, who married 2004, met in a Sydney pub during the 2000 Olympics.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency