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Voters name Houston Zoo's baby orangutan

Voters name Houston Zoo's baby orangutan

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

HOUSTON – One of the Houston Zoo’s newest residents finally has a name, thanks to thousands of voters from Houston and across the country.

The Zoo initially asked for suggestions for a name for their baby Bornean orangutan.

The baby’s caregivers then selected the five names that best fit her personality and put them to an online vote.

Once the votes were tallied, the choice was clear: The baby’s name will be Aurora!

Aurora received the lion’s share of the 3,000 votes, beating out Maya, Kira, Nima and Celestia.

Aurora is being hand-reared by human caretakers at the zoo, because she was rejected by her mother.

She was born on March 2 – the third orangutan to be born at the Houston Zoo in the past 14 years.

Baby orangutans spend the first year of their lives clinging to their mothers, which means Aurora been attached to her human caregivers 24 hours a day at the Wortham World of Primates night house.

The caregivers said they hope to reintroduce Aurora to her mother or a surrogate as soon as possible.

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