New orangutan at Auckland Zoo

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Auckland Zoo is delighted to announce the safe and speedy birth of a healthy baby Bornean orangutan.

The new orangutan was born on Sunday 20 March to second-time parents Melur and Charlie!

Melur had a quick and straightforward labour without any complications, supported by Charlie and the Zoo’s primate team, and her baby (whose sex is yet to be confirmed) was born at 11.30am.

The new baby has a strong suckling reflex and a healthy grip – both signs he/she is thriving. She’s particularly enjoying making huge nests and cuddling up to her baby in the orangutans inside area – ensuring she holds the baby in the correct position for nursing and is being very gentle and nurturing.

Auckland Zoo will keep the public notified about he sex of the new baby and its name.

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