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The Bornean Orangutan was born Sept. 2 at the Phoenix Zoo.
PHOENIX - The 2-month-old baby Bornean Orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo is in need of a name.
The zoo has picked five names, with various meanings, and will allow guests to vote for their favorite name on the zoo's website.
Voting will run today through Nov. 6. Voting closes at 8 p.m.
The baby's name will be announced Nov. 8 during a planned baby shower for mom and the newborn. The shower is open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Baby Orangutan name possibilities:
A baby orangutan made his first debut with his mother Monday morning.
Mother Bess gave birth to the newborn on Sept. 2 and the precious pair was put on display at Phoenix Zoo on Oct. 13.
The zoo is excited for the public to see the adorable little guy. Bob Keesecker, senior primate keeper at Phoenix Zoo, says this is a special event because orangutans only give birth approximately every eight years.
“They have a very slow reproduction rate in the wild because the babies spend an inordinate amount of time, seven to eight years, with their mom,” he said.
The zoo says the male baby is still nameless and his weight remains unknown.
“We don’t know how much he weighs because we are not able to remove him from the mother,” Keesecker said.
The zoo said even days after being born, the male baby still clings to his mother for comfort. The pair is expected to maintain this closeness for the first 4 to 5 months of the newborn’s life.
According to the zoo, Bess is doing a wonderful job as an attentive and loving mother.
The newborn’s father, Michael, and his older sister, Kasih, are being kept separately from the baby and his mother so they can fully cherish their bonding time. The zoo says father and sister will be slowly introduced in a few months.
Visit the zoo soon if you want to see the mother and her newborn cuddling, which is a sight that will make anyone say, “Aww!”
Bornean orangutan born at Phoenix Zoo.
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Kasih, a five-year-old Bornean Orangutan, explores the zoo. [Tim Hacker, Tribune]
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Duchess, the oldest living Bornean Orangutan in captivity, explores the Phoenix Zoo's new exhibit, Friday, April 1, 2011 in Phoenix. [Tim Hacker, Tribune]