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Jackson zoo welcomes newborn orangutan

Newborn peeks at the camera. Source: Jackson Zoo Newborn peeks at the camera. Source: Jackson Zoo
Proud parents Sabah and Pumpkin. Source: Jackson Zoo Proud parents Sabah and Pumpkin. Source: Jackson Zoo
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Zoo has announced the birth of a newborn Bornean orangutan.

Parents, Sabah and Pumpkin, gave birth to a healthy newborn on Sunday, Nov. 22 in the early morning hours.

Animal care staff found the baby when they checked on the pair during their morning routine.

According to Zoo Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Holifield, the newborn appears to be healthy and doing well.

A name for him will be chosen during a naming contest.

“We are very excited for this birth, as the Bornean orangutan population is dwindling in the wild, we are contributing to the conservation of this incredible species,” Zoo Director Beth Poff said. 

Bornean Orangutans are classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, with less than 55,000 in the wild.

Sabah came to the Jackson Zoo in April 2013 from the Pittsburgh Zoo.

She formed a close relationship with our male orangutan, Pumpkin, during their first face-to-face meeting.

Sabah, also nicknamed Kimmie, has shown to be an exceptional mother to the newborn and is very tentative to his needs.

Sabah has only made one brief appearance outside since giving birth last week.

When you visit the zoo be on the lookout for mom and baby, you may catch her sneaking outside to show a peak of her newborn son.

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