The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Photograph of Orangutan Mum and Babe at The Philadelphia Zoo

Look at the love in Mums eyes for her Babe. This is why Ape Mums should not be separated from their Babes.

Photo provided by the Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo released the first picture of its baby orangutan on Tuesday.

A zoo spokeswoman says both mother and baby are doing well and continue to be monitored by the staff.

A debut date for the baby has not been set.

Tua, the Zoo's 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a baby on the morning of October 2 at approximately 8 a.m. This is the first offspring for both Tua and her mate, Sugi, 13.

The newborn is the first orangutan born in PECO Primate Reserve.

The Zoo says, like newborn humans, baby orangutans are essentially helpless, relying on their mother for care. Tua has been in constant physical contact with her baby since birth, carrying and cleaning it.

Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild due to habitat destruction.


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