Video: Como Zoo's orangutan celebrates birthday just like any other 1-year-old

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The Como Zoo in St. Paul celebrated its youngest orangutan's birthday this past week.

Kemala, who was born on Jan. 7, 2015, celebrated with cake, juice and pink streamers – and like many excited parents, the Como Zoo took video of the primate celebrating her first birthday:

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Kemala's birth was pretty unique. 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.

Did you know?

Here are some facts about orangutans, according to the Como Zoo and the World Wildlife Federation:

  • Sumatran orangutans are a critically endangered species who live on the southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
  • Orangutan is derived from the Malay words for “person of the forest,” and the name is very fitting – they spend most of their time in trees; females virtually never travel on the ground, while males rarely do.
  • Even though they live in the trees, they’re a lot like humans – they are 97 percent of the same genetic makeup.
  • Orangutans live to be about 35 years old in the wild, and over 50 years old in captivity. Young orangutans may stay with their mothers for 11 or 12 years.

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