Baby Orangutan Born on Mother's Day

Baby Orangutan Born on Mother's Day

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An orangutan at Hogle Zoo became a mother on Mother's Day.

Zoo spokeswoman Stacey Phillips said the 14-year-old orangutan named Eve went into labor on Saturday evening.

A veterinarian was going to assist Eve with a regular birth, but she decided the baby was too big for the animal.

Hogle Zoo called in experts from University Hospital. Phillips said doctors began a Caesarean section on the ape around midnight. The baby orangutan was delivered a half an hour later early Sunday morning.

Phillips said because the baby wasn't born the natural way, Eve didn't realize the baby was her infant. Zoo officials are now working to reintroduce the two. Meanwhile, the baby is feeding on formula.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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