An adorable set of photos shows how a baby orangutang reacts sweetly when it sees its mother for the first time. It is beautiful to see how the baby climbs on its mother and how they have been close from the start.
This is why it’s so important for the Sumatran orangutan to have a new baby: It’s a rare species, so it’s a big deal every time a new one is born. At Chester Zoo in England, the first of its kind was born this time.
The baby is in good shape, but it isn’t clear if it is a boy or a girl. So far, it doesn’t want to leave its mother, 34-year-old Emma.
Primate Keeper Claire Parry told DailyMail that “Emma is an experienced mother, and already she has a very close relationship with the little one. It’s lovely to see her cradling it so softly.”
In this case, the birth of a healthy baby Sumatran orangutan is a significant event. This is because these animals are one of the most endangered large mammals in the world.
The Sumatran orangutan is an animal that lives in South East Asia, especially on the island of Sumatra. There are only about 14,000 of them left in the wild. They lived in vast parts of the tropical forests, but now many of them have been turned into palm oil plantations. This has caused a big drop in the number of apes.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has put the Sumatran orangutan on its endangered list. Now, there are a lot of programs to help this species, like Chester Zoos.
To help the international conservation breeding program, “the youngster is a big help,” he said. A big part of what we want to raise more awareness about the destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia, which is putting this beautiful animal and many others at risk of going extinct.