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Sumatran Orangutan Captured on Camera Giving Birth at UK Sanctuary: VIDEO


Last month, UK conservationists captured something on camera they'd never seen before: Dana, an endangered Sumatran orangutan, giving birth. Backstory on the birth here.

According to conservationists at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, "The Sumatran orangutan population, classified as Critically Endangered (IUCN Red list of threatened species), is thought to number a mere 6,600 individuals, and reportedly loses 10 to 15% of forest habitat to logging and palm oil plantations every year."

Incredible stuff (warning: graphic), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. amazing!!!

    Posted by: disgusted American | Aug 11, 2013 2:32:52 PM

  2. Cool

    and the destruction of orang habitat for oil palm plantations is horrible. They are the smartest animal after man, the earliest to be self aware and pass mirror test, use tools more and in ways chimps never do like making shelter and using leaves as umbrellas.....we also have more similarities to orangs morphologically = bones, teeth, ligaments etc than with chimps

    also Orangs go through menstrus cycle like human females and unlike chimps that are estrus

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 11, 2013 2:47:45 PM

  3. I watched it on YouTube so I could see it full screen and the comments posted there were so childish and stupid. It was a beautiful moment and nothing disgusting about it at all. Nature at her finest! A new baby has arrived!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 11, 2013 3:31:10 PM

  4. Thanks for posting. It was awesome to see that, especially when she brought the baby over to show it off.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 11, 2013 6:32:21 PM

  5. totally a great posting! nature at its very VERY best! bless her. too bad humans can NOT be as "natural"

    Posted by: L Goethe | Aug 12, 2013 4:24:40 AM

  6. The destruction of the habitat also O involves the mass creation of greenhouse gas as they burn the forests for the plantations. Simply horrible upon horrible.

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Aug 12, 2013 10:00:13 PM

  7. "Orangutan" in our language means
    "person of the forest" while "orang" means "person". Please don't call them "orangs". Thanks :)

    Posted by: darkorient | Aug 14, 2013 2:18:10 PM

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