Baby orangutan makes first Madrid zoo appearance

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 11:50 AM
Baby orangutan makes first Madrid zoo appearance

The first baby orangutan to be born in captivity in 20 years at the Madrid zoo has made its first public appearance.

The 9-month-old primate named Boo cuddled a stuffed animal _ a bright yellow orangutan _ as it was unveiled by a keeper Thursday.

Boo's mother died of lung disease in late February. Baby orangutans normally stay very close to their mothers until they are a year or so old and nurse until they are 2 or 3. Boo gets his milk from a baby bottle.

Madrid keepers face the challenge of reintegrating Boo among Madrid's other orangutans even as the animal is fed by humans. The zoo said the process is working, as Boo readily breaks away from its 'adoptive mother' at feeding time.