It’s an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan.

The mother is longtime resident Feliz. The father is Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall.

The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and habitat destruction.

Zoo spokeswoman Lauren Messina Conrad says veterinarians don’t yet know the baby’s sex. Zookeepers are keeping a close eye on mother and baby because the first 72 hours are when orangutans learn to nurse. But they’re not yet looking closely enough to tell whether it’s a boy or a girl.

A news release says the baby was born early Wednesday and Feliz is an attentive mother.

This is her second baby. She gave birth in 2009 to a female named Menari.

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