PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Kitra, a 20-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth to a new youngster at the Oregon Zoo this week.
The orangutan was born on Wednesday, about 11 a.m., according to the zoo.
According to zoo authorities, mom and baby are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den.
“We’re all really enthusiastic about it,” said Kate Gilmore, the zoo’s primate section manager. “It’s wonderful to watch Kitra take such good care of her child. There’s still a lot that may go wrong, so we’re being extra cautious and giving her as much quiet time as we can. But, so far, she appears to be adjusting well to parenthood.”
For a few weeks, caregivers will not know whether the infant is male or female. Animal-care specialists will decide if the duo is ready for a public appearance after they are comfortable and healthy.
Zoo authorities said animal-care professionals have taken a hands-off approach, but they are keeping a careful eye on the pair to ensure everything is going well.