WATCH: A lovely Christmas surprise for Chester Zoo!

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An extremely rare baby orangutan has just been born at Chester Zoo. 

The tiny Sumatran orangutan was delivered safely by mum Emma after an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy. 

Amazing film footage of baby orangutan

Amazing film footage taken by the zoo captured precious early moments, showing the new arrival clinging on tightly to its mum.

The baby is major success story for the acclaimed international breeding programme for the highly threatened species.

Sumatran orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with fewer than 6,500 estimated to be left in the wild, so every birth is important.

Sumatran orangutan facts

  • The baby was born overnight on 17-18 December
  • The new arrival is the fifth for mum Emma (age 30)
  • The dad is named Puluh (30)
  • It is too early for keepers to determine the gender of the new baby, so a name has not yet been chosen

Can you come up with a good name for the new baby? Comment below and let us know. 

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mollyboo8 · 6 years ago

Awww! So cute! Baby Orangutans are really cute! I think she should be called Olivia or Sophia,because that is what my friends at school are called and their names I think are seriously seriously seriously amazingly fairly adorably definitely so cute so I think one of those names would suit her. So sorry that I wright so much, it's basically my thing. Sorry, bye!

sgadders · 6 years ago

They are so cute and adorable. I love them.???

hippogryph · 6 years ago

so adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

azure000 · 6 years ago


rosrio · 5 years ago

i think that it should be called Tangerine

booklover4 · 5 years ago

So cute!?
If it's a boy:Oliver or Ollie
If it's a girl: Olivia or Olive

opalstar · 4 years ago

I have not watched it yet

opalstar · 4 years ago

Someone tell me is it gross?

opalstar · 4 years ago

I mean its birth