A picture is worth a thousand words...a footage about the miracle of life is worth a thousand feelings!
In the special video below you will be able to witness, first hand, a birth of a Sumatran Orangutan. It is the first time cameras have been able to capture such footage.
This jaw-dropping video was shot at the Durrell Wildlife Park in Trinity, Jersey in the Channel Islands. How this Sumatran orangutan cared for her infant during and after birth was the most touching...After cleaning off her baby with gentle care, she brings her pride and joy to the conservationist to show what an incredible life she has created!
Here are some details about this species we know so little about:
Orangutan means “human of the forest”. It comes from the Malay and Indonesian words orang, meaning “human” and hutan, meaning “forest”.
The orangutan is an endangered species of great ape found only in Asia, and is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. They frequently use a wide range of tools for a variety of purposes, using as many as 74 distinct tools for gathering and preparing food. Culture, defined by Merriam-Webster as the “beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular society, group, place or time” was once believed to be exclusive to the human race. We now know that the great apes have their own distinct cultures, with various groups having different skills and tools than other groups, and orangutans have been observed learning tool use from each other.
Orangutans are social-solitary, which means they have social interactions but the adults spend most of their time alone. The most dominant social bond is between a mother and her dependent offspring. They can live to be about 30 years old and the females generally have their first offspring when they are about 15 years old. Their gestation period lasts about 8 months and they have a very long interbirth interval, the amount of time between births, which can be anywhere from 6-9 years long.
Sources: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Sun Gazing
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