Mother Orangutan Leans To Kiss Her Newborn Baby At Florida Zoo
The relationship between mothers and their kids are special whether they are humans or animals. The stories of mother taking good care of their children is like an established fact and seldom that we see a mother handling her kid with carelessness. As a matter of fact, mothers belonging to different species also take care of their babies with utmost care and want their well-being at the cost of anything.
1 Bornean orangutan was seen kissing her newborn baby
Recently, in a heart-warming incident, a rare Bornean orangutan was seen leaning on her newborn baby to kiss her. The new mom Dee Dee was seen cuddling her little baby after few days of her birth which happened at the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in Florida.
2 Human pregnancy test confirmed pregnancy in October
The primate which is critically endangered took birth earlier this month. At birth, the primate weighed only three pounds. The authorities at the zoo came to know about the pregnancy of mother-of-five Dee Dee by using human pregnancy test way back in October.
3Dee Dee continues to do well with her female baby
Dr. Ray Ball, who works at the zoo, said, “Dee Dee continues to do well with her female baby. As an experienced mother, she didn’t show any signs of any possible issues. We determined that Dee Dee’s baby had turned during one of her regular ultrasound exams.”
4 Careful monitoring and pre-natal care are important
“Careful monitoring and pre-natal care are important, but so is privacy. With veterinary medicine, the baby determines the day of birth, but the mom determines the time. With no signs of a high risk pregnancy, we let her take care of the labor naturally – she determined when it would be time to deliver her baby,” Dr. Ray added.
5 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has a group of seven critically endangered orangutans
The Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has a group of seven critically endangered orangutans. The baby, who took birth recently, is the tenth Bornean orangutan in the zoo.
6 A significant birth for the entire critically endangered Bornean orangutan population
General curator Chris Massaro said, “This is a significant birth for the entire critically endangered Bornean orangutan population. It’s important to have the community along for this journey. We hope Dee Dee’s story inspires the public to become advocates for this incredible species and learn about the perils they face in the wild.”
7Only 1,04,700 critically endangered Bornean orangutans are left
As per reports, there are only 1,04,700 critically endangered Bornean orangutans which are left in this world. Bornean orangutan has red-orange hair all over its body. They are generally 1-1.5 m tall (3.5-4.5 ft.) with an arm span as long as 2.5 m (8 ft.).
8 Orangutan’s have almost the same DNA as of humans
Orangutan’s have almost the same DNA as of humans. As a matter of fact, orangutans have 97% of the same DNA as humans. Hence, it is not a surprise that they have great human like intelligence and they also possess other human-like qualities.
9 Habits of orangutans are also very close to humans
The habits of orangutans are also very close to humans. They use tree branches to test the depth of water. They also use leaves of trees as umbrellas or sponges. It is also an established fact that baby orangutans cry, whimper, and smile at their mothers just like humans.
10 Orangutans travel a great distance to find their favorite food
Orangutan’s swing from trees to trees to find their food which includes fruit, leaves, bark, flowers and insects. Just like the trait of humans, orangutans also travel a great amount of distance to find their favorite fruit. They are also intelligent enough to know which fruits will be found in which season.
11 Orangutans build their nests on treetops
They are so intelligent that they build their nests on the treetops with leaves and branches every night. They create a cozy environment for themselves at the treetops. It is such way that they don’t need to venture on the ground. They are not comfortable on the ground as they look awkward with hand-like feet and elongated arms.
12 Mother orangutans are known to nurse their babies for 6-7 years
As a matter of fact, the mother orangutan is known to nurse their babies for 6-7 years. The male orangutans reach maturity at the age of 8 years and then they leave their mothers. However, female orangutans stay with their mothers till their teen age. The female orangutans try to learn parenting skills from their mothers when they stay close to her.
13 Orangutans are only able to give birth after every 8 years
The rate of reproduction of female orangutans is very slow as they are only able to give birth after every 8 years. Hence, they take time to recuperate their population when they are hit by natural disasters. They are now among the critically endangered species.