Zoo welcomes baby orangutan

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ERIE, Pa. — The Erie Zoo family welcomed a baby orangutan Friday morning.

Orangutans Dasa and Joseph are celebrating the birth of their third offspring who was born just two weeks ago.

Clinging to his mother’s side, the youngest member of the orangutan family was revealed today. And the gender reveal showed that the baby is indeed a boy.

The new orangutan is expected to stay at the Erie Zoo for years to come. Ollie, Dasa and Joe’s second offspring, at age 7 is still with his parents at the Erie Zoo.

He is reportedly adapting well to no longer being the center of attention and having a baby brother.

The baby does not have a name yet. The Erie Zoo has teamed up with UPMC Hamot Magee-Women’s Hospital to host a baby naming contest.

You can submit your ideas online or in person at the zoo or any UPMC Hamot office before April 2.
“We are always tickled to have a little one here at the zoo,” director Scott Mitchell said. “But to have a baby orangutan is something special and we are just thrilled. It’s a nice addition to the first family here at the zoo.”

These orangutans are endangered species, making this birth even more significant. You don’t have to wait long to meet the newest member of the zoo family – the zoo opens for the season on March 1.

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