Orangutan mom, thought to be infertile, gives birth and is captured on camera for the first time -->

Orangutan mom, thought to be infertile, gives birth and is captured on camera for the first time

As humans we can only marvel at the animal kingdom and appreciate what a privilege it is when we are granted any glimpse into this special world. At Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, a mom orangutan was captured on camera giving birth and then brought her baby to the staff to show her off in a truly magical moment. The moment was witnessed at the Jersey-based trust, in the U.K., set up by Gerald Durrell, who wrote “My Family and Other Animals”, later adapted into award-winning TV show “The Durrells.” What made this birth even more special is that Dana the Orangutan was thought to be infertile after staff said her fallopian tubes were blocked.
The 25-year-old Sumatran orangutan had been suffering a number of issues during her pregnancy and was being closely monitored. But when the moment of birth happened everyone gave her the space she needed and could only watch in awe at this remarkable mom. The footage, which is graphic, shows Dana give birth to her baby and then clear his airways, clean him and detach the umbilical cord.
This successful birth, and the first time a Sumatran orangutan has been filmed giving birth, was nothing short of a miracle. The baby was being monitored and an infrared camera was keeping a close eye on the heavily pregnant mom. Although Dana was given the space she needed to give birth, a professional team of vets were on standby in case anything went wrong.
Dana delivered her child on her own, and after cleaning her newborn and making sure he’s okay, she then carries him over to zoo staff to show him off, to their astonishment. “This is amazing, she’s come to show us the baby – that is fantastic!” a member of staff can be heard saying in the video.
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