Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Melbourne Zoo Welcomes Baby Orangutan

Melbourne Zoo has welcomed another baby to its fold with the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orang-utan this week.

Second-time mum Maimunah delivered the female just before midnight on Monday, the zoo announced today.

Curator of exotic animals Jan Steele said keepers observed the birth and had since maintained a 24-hour watch over the pair.
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The baby was quite large and Maimunah would need some time to recover, she said.

"We are watching Mai very carefully," Ms Steele said.

"At present she is looking uncomfortable and doesn't want to move, even for her favourite treat, mango. "She needs her rest right now, so she won't be taking the baby out into public view as yet."

Full story here.

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