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I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo: Reunion of girl and orang-utan sealed with a hug

07-05-2010 08:54 BJT

The last time Emily Bland met Rishi the orang-utan, they were both still at the crawling stage.

So when the pair were reunited two years later, there was a whole new world of play to explore.

Firm friends: Rishi places a hairy arm around Emily Bland
Firm friends: Rishi places a hairy arm around Emily Bland

The three-year-olds spent a blissful afternoon climbing, swinging from rings and tyres, pedalling around on a plastic tricycle and sometimes pausing for a hug in scenes reminiscent of the 'I Wanna Be Like You' sequence in the Disney film of The Jungle Book.

Rishi lives with his adopted family of four older orang-utans at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Miami, Florida.

His first day of play with Emily came in 2008 when her father Barry, a photographer, had an assignment at the institute and took her along.

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