The former reality star, 35, shared a video on Instagram back in 2014, which showed her cuddling the one-year-old animal from Dubai, named Dior, who was dressed up in little girl’s clothes, reported People magazine.
“She’s the cutest little girl in the world,” Hilton said in the footage, kissing the orangutan on the head.
“This is baby Dior,” she captioned her post.
“She’s a lil (sic) princess.”
The social media upload attracted some criticism from animal rights activists at the time, and on May 4, Hilton found herself under fire once more after experts at the United Nation‘s (UN) Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) highlighted the hotel heiress’ post, claiming images like hers hurt conservation efforts to protect the endangered species and instead promote captive abuse.
She has since apologized for her past actions, explaining that she never intended to do any harm.
“I do agree with what they’re saying. I’m an animal lover. I have friends who actually rescue (captive) animals from these places and they can’t be put back in the wild. So these are animals that have actually been rescued. I just did it because I love animals.”
“Great apes are neither playthings nor pets,” GRASP bosses stated, “and Ms Hilton’s lack of perspective is appalling.”
Hilton has since apologized for her past actions, explaining that she never intended to do any harm.