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Orangutan Mom and Infant Bonding

  • Batang holds her sleeping infant.
  • Batang nurses her infant.
  • Batang nurses her infant.

Batang and her infant are doing well! Keepers report that she is very attentive to his needs, holds him gently and consistently nurses him—all encouraging signs. The primate team provided the pair with extra hay and blankets to keep them comfortable. While the other adults have not met the newest addition, Batang—who has always been socially savvy—carried him to the window so dad (Kyle), Bonnie and Lucy could take a peek. Meanwhile, Kiko and Iris have been at Think Tank since the infant’s birth and don’t know he’s arrived yet. Keepers are following Batang’s lead and are looking for behaviors that indicate she’s ready to introduce him to the others. For now, mom and son continue to rest, relax and bond!