WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Bornean orangutan. He was born at 8:52 p.m. on Sept. 12.
The male newborn has been under observation during infant nursing as he clings closely to his mother.
The animal care are cautiously optimistic that the newborn will thrive. The Great Ape House will remain closed to provide Batang a quiet space to bond with her infant.
Throughout Batang's pregnancy, the Zoo has provided weekly updates on social media using the #OrangutanStory hashtag.
“I am very proud of Batang and my team. Ever since we received the breeding recommendation, they have dedicated themselves to preparing Batang for motherhood. I look forward to watching the infant experience everything for the first time—especially meeting the other orangutans and going outside for the first time with Batang,” said Meredith Bastian, curator of primates and member of the Orangutan SSP Steering Committee.
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