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My sister lives in Houston & went to the zoo last weekend. She told me about a mama orangutan that had a baby & didn't (wouldn't?) nurse it.<br><br>
SO, anyway, it got pregnant again & before the new baby was born, the zoo staff showed it LLL videos of babies being nursed. It worked & the baby orang. is nursing fine.<br><br>
If that don't beat all . . .<br><br>
(see bold, below)<br><br>
Below is a news release from the Houston Zoo (it doesn't say LLL specifically, but my sister said that is what they told her at the zoo):<br><br><br>
FOR RELEASE 12:01 A.M. JULY 18, 2003 Contact: Brian Hill<br>
IT'S A BOY!<br>
(HOUSTON) July 18, 2003 .<br>
The Houston Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a male orangutan<br>
on June 22, 2003. The baby, named Solaris (a.k.a. "Sam") is the second<br>
orangutan birth at the Zoo in six years. Kelly and Sam are doing fine and<br>
may be seen in the Zoo's Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily<br>
between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.<br>
"This is a significant birth for the Houston Zoo," said Zoo Director<br>
Rick Barongi. "Orangutans are highly endangered. An estimated 27,000 are<br>
left in the world and fewer than 300 may be seen in zoos," added Barongi.<br>
Orangutans are slow to reproduce, having only one baby every 8 to 9 years<br>
and only 3 to 5 offspring in their reproductive lifetime.<br>
Kelly delivered Sam at 3:37 p.m. on June 22. He weighed<br>
approximately three pounds at birth. "That's about the average weight for a<br>
newborn orangutan," said primate keeper Rhonda Quisenberry who witnessed the<br>
birth. "Kelly was in labor for about a half hour," added Quisenberry.<br>
Sam will literally hang on to his mother for the first year of his<br>
life. In their native Borneo and Sumatra, young orangutans will stay close<br>
to their mothers for 8 to 10 years before venturing out on their own. Sam's<br>
father is Doc who is 18-years-old.<br>
"Female orangutans have a strong social bond with their offspring,"<br>
says primate supervisor Lynn Killam. "Orangutans are semi-solitary in the<br>
wild and Doc is behaving like a typical dad and allowing Kelly some<br>
privacy," she said.<br>
Kelly is being a very attentive mother, washing Sam's face, cleaning<br>
his ears and nose, and patting his head and his back with her hands when<br>
he's fussy and irritable.<br><br><b><br>
Kelly delivered the first great ape born at the Houston Zoo a female<br>
orangutan, Luna bela on September 18, 1997. At the time, Kelly was a gentle<br>
mother, but she could not figure out how to let her baby nurse. Luna was<br>
hand raised, fed and held by zoo keepers and other staff 24 hours a day for<br>
the first few months of her life to mimic orangutan mothering. Cheyenne,<br>
the Zoo's other female orangutan, acted as Luna's surrogate mother,<br>
following a two-year period of introduction.<br>
For six months prior to Sam's birth, zoo keepers showed Kelly videos<br>
of nursing orangutans and photos of nursing. Kelly watched the videos once<br>
or twice a week and was shown the photographs every day. Keepers believe<br>
the effort paid a big dividend when Kelly allowed Sam to nurse just a few<br>
hours after he was born.</b>

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That is just the coolest thing! What a smart animal! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="exclaim"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: if only it were that easy to convince all moms. Just force them to watch a video ...
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