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Victorian orang-utan turns six

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

Durian is usually a primate's favourite fruit but not for Melbourne's youngest orang-utan who was born at the city's zoo six years ago.

Zoo volunteer Ryan Ringin, 18, says Dewi looked a little bit scared of the pungent fruit that's native to south-east Asia, a reaction sometimes shared by Australian tourists to the region.

"She's never seen that one before, so she was like 'I'll leave that one for mum!'" Mr Ringin told AAP.

Dewi spent the morning ripping into presents and munching on exotic fruits with her mother at Melbourne Zoo on her sixth birthday.

Watching Dewi from behind the glass window separating the orang-utans from observers two-year-old Leah, said she thought Dewi was awesome.

Siblings Patrick, 4, and Caitlin, 2, were also at the zoo with their father to see Dewi celebrate her birthday.

"I like it when they swing!" Patrick told AAP of the primates in their jungle gym enclosure.

Dewi's species, the Sumatran orang-utan is listed as critically endangered partly due to deforestation in places such as Borneo and Sumatra.

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