An extremely rare baby orangutan has been born at Chester Zoo.
The tiny Sumatran orangutan was delivered safely by mum Emma after an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy.
Amazing film footage taken by the zoo captured precious early moments, showing the new arrival clinging on tightly to its mum. The baby is major success story for the acclaimed international breeding programme for the highly threatened species.
Sumatran orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with fewer than 6,500 estimated to be left in the wild, so every birth is important. Nick Davis, Chester Zoo’s Deputy Curator of Mammals, said: It is very early days, but the baby looks very healthy and is bonding well with mum in these precious first few hours. It is wonderful to have a tiny new infant in our family of stunning Sumatran orangutans.
“It’s now important that this fantastic new arrival helps draw some much needed attention to the species. The Sumatran orangutan is under enormous pressure in the wild and, without urgent conservation work, it could tragically become the first great ape lost forever. *** Local Caption *** pics: Chesterzoo, animal.press