Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Caregivers Hand-Rearing Baby Orangutan At Houston Zoo

A team of trained and experienced caregivers is hand-rearing a baby Bornean orangutan at the Houston Zoo.

The humans stepped in when the female orangutan’s mother failed to take care of the baby after she was born.

"We were disappointed that the baby’s mother, Kelly, did not raise her baby as we had hoped," said Houston Zoo Curator of Primates and Carnivores Hollie Colahan. "However, we are very happy that Kelly and the baby are healthy. And we’re also very fortunate that we have a staff that is very experienced and accomplished in hand rearing newborns and reintroducing them to their mothers or to surrogate mothers."

The as-yet-unnamed orangutan was born at the Houston Zoo on Wednesday, March 2. She was the third orangutan born there in the past 14 years.

Full story here.

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