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Published on Friday, August 31, 2018

BA flies rescued primate to UK

British Airways has stepped in to help Monkey World in Dorset rescue a baby Slow Loris primate named Nora, which was being sold illegally in a pet shop in Lebanon.

The young, endangered, nocturnal primate had been prized away from her mother and faced an uncertain future.

When local authorities in Lebanon discovered her, she was confiscated and cared for by Animals Lebanon who contacted Monkey World in Dorset to ask if the organisation could arrange a permanent home for her with its existing group of Bengal Slow Loris.

Alison Cronin, who runs the Ape Rescue Centre at Monkey World said: "We needed to get Nora to the UK where she can live with others of her own kind and receive specialist care.

"BA and IAG Cargo have worked with us over the last few years to rescue illegally obtained primates from across the world.

"Moving primates is never an easy job and there were many obstacles to get little Nora from Beirut to Monkey World so we are grateful to have been able to fly her to the UK, and in style!"

Nora travelled as a VIP in the cabin on the flight, so that she could be taken care of throughout the journey.

BA manager community investment Mary Barry said: "It's been our pleasure to help bring Nora to the UK where she will have the chance for a new life and will be safe from harm's way."

Nora was the first endangered animal to be confiscated under the new Animal Protection and Welfare Laws in Lebanon and her case will be moved to the courts for prosecution.

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