Rare orangutan baby born at Audubon Zoo

By , WWL

A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan delivered a baby today at Audubon Zoo.

Animal care staff members were a little surprised by the arrival.

A news release while there were early signs of an anticipated birth, they were not expecting a birth until April or May.

"We received the best kind of surprise this morning,” said Audubon Zoo’s Curator of Primates Liz Wilson. “It just goes to show that, despite all of the uncertainty in the world currently, life is carrying on as normal for our orangutans. It’s really uplifting to see.”

The Zoo says mother and the infant appear to be doing well, but the next 48 hours are critical as the newborn learns to nurse.

The mother is the Zoo’s 12-year-old orangutan Reese.  The father is Jambi, the Zoo’s male orangutan.

Reese is a first-time mother.

Photo credit Audubon Zoo

“Thus far, Reese is showing very positive signs of her maternal instincts kicking in,” said Audubon’s Senior Veterinarian Bob MacLean. “She is holding the infant close and tending to it well. We are continuing to monitor for signs of nursing and lactation.”

Photo credit Audubon Zoo

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