Denver Zoo Welcomes Its First Baby Orangutan in 25 Years
Dave Parsons, Denver Zoo
Just 11 days after birth, Hesty had to be placed in an incubator by the zoo's primate care team. The baby hadn't been nursing, according to the Denver Zoo, and even though the staff had been doing all they could to get Hesty nursing on her own, they found her nearly unresponsive and severely dehydrated on July 1. At that point, they knew the best thing for the baby was to put her in an incubator near her mother's quarters so they could still see each other while Hesty received the care she needed.
Hesty almost doubled her weight over the next 18 days under the zoo staff's careful eye, while her mother watched closely from her enclosure. Hesty was reunited with her mom on July 19. She still didn't know how to nurse, however, so the staff sedated her mother and trained Hesty on the basics of nursing. She seems to have it down pat these days, but the staff is still monitoring the baby 24 hours a day, and are ready with formula just in case. To see an adorable video of Hesty and her mom, go here.
On the off chance that little Hesty doesn't bring enough cute to the table for you, check out the adorable animals in the gallery below!
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We've got baby fever. Baby animal fever, that is! Cute, cuddly and curious, these itty-bitty babies stole our hearts before we knew what hit us.