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Nov 29, 2012 at 12:40pm IST

Polish orangutan addicted to Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice'

New Delhi: A 40-year-old Polish orangutan has a strange obsession. He cannot go to bed unless he's read 50 pages of writer Jane Austen's masterpiece 'Pride And Prejudice'.

The Daily Mail reported quoting the newspaper Daily Star that Albert, the 200-pound orangutan at the Gdansk Zoo in Poland has to be read Elizabeth Bennet's travails with Mr Darcy every night or he won't sleep.

His keeper Michael Krause was quoted as saying "I didn't know what to do until I pulled out a book I was reading during a break and within a couple of minutes they were trying to read over my shoulder."

Polish orangutan addicted to Pride And Prejudice

A 40-year-old Polish orangutan cannot go to bed unless he's read 50 pages of 'Pride And Prejudice'.

Krause tried everything with Albert and his partner Raya to settle them down for the night. But neither play nor fruit snacks would do.

The primates were soon hooked to "the intricacies of class, love, marriage and snobbery in the early 1800s and the riveting relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy."

"Now they go to bed quietly and peacefully as long as they get their stories," Krause said.

Albert likes other English writers like Charles Dickens while Raya likes German fiction.