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Freeze, for a good shot

A two-year-old orang utan getting its photograph taken during a health check at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, yesterday.

It was one of 14 undergoing examination by veterinarians from the Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation before they are repatriated to their country of origin, Indonesia.

Most of the Sumatran and Borneo Kalimantan orang utans had been confiscated from entertainment businesses in Phuket province since 2008.

The authorities said the primates were being examined to ensure they are free from diseases such as rabies, foot and mouth disease, tuberculosis, hepatitis and herpes.

Thai officials said the orang utans are expected to return to Indonesia next month.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline 'Freeze, for a good shot'. Print Edition | Subscribe