Baby orangutan makes Zoo debut

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SAN DIEGO — Visitor to the San Diego Zoo got their first look at 2-week-old baby orangutan Friday when her mother brought her out in public for the first time.

Indah, a Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to the infant on Oct. 25. The baby, who is still unnamed, clung to her mother’s chest as the adult climbed the ropes and poles in the orangutan habitat.

“Indah has been a very good mother, attentive to the newborn’s every need and like all new mothers, sleeping when she has the chance,” senior keeper Tanya Howard said.

The birth brings the zoo’s orangutan population to five: four Sumatran orangutans and one orangutan from Borneo. Since 1928, there have been 38 orangutans born at the zoo.