Baby Orangutan Born at National Zoo

Batang the Orangutan at the National Zoo gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday. His name has not yet been announced, but zoo staff members are “cautiously optimistic” that he will thrive.

“Each and every birth of a critically endangered species is significant, but it is all the more exciting and this is a historic moment for our Smithsonian’s National Zoo,” said Meredith Bastian, curator of primates and member of the Orangutan SSP Steering Committee. “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.”

Via National Zoo.

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