At over a month old, the newest member of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory's Sumatran orangutan family finally has a name – Kemala.
It can be tough picking a name for a newborn, but the St. Paul zoo took its time for a reason. On February 4th, officials invited the public to weigh in on the naming process with a donation drive. It was a race between three names (Aanjay and Cinta being the runners up), with Kemala gaining the most votes (or, in this case, pennies) by a clear margin, according to a release.
Pronounced "Key-mala," it means "magic stone" in the bahasa Indonesia language, the zoo says.
A fitting name, as there may indeed be something magical about this infant – she was delivered via C-section at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, a procedure described as "very rare" among orangutans. The zoo says there are only about a dozen known C-sections out of the more than 1,200 captive orangutan births on record.
Kemala has been on display since February 5th.
The monthlong drive raised nearly $2,000.