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:
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?
- 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.