PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo orangutan a surrogate mom for 6-month-old orangutan

A 53-year-old Bornean orangutan at Brookfield Zoo has taken a 6-month-old orangutan from another zoo.

Kecil was born on January 11, 2014, at Ohio’s Toledo Zoo. His mother, Yasmin, who has raised her own offspring in the past, showed little interest in caring for him following a difficult delivery.  So at four months old, Kecil was taken to the Milwaukee County Zoo to be placed with a possible surrogate named MJ.

On May 19, at four months old, Kecil was taken to Milwaukee County Zoo to be placed with a possible surrogate named MJ.

When that didn’t work out, Kecil was taken to the Brookfield Zoo to meet with 53-year-old Maggie. The two met Sunday and are getting along very well.

According to a Brookfield Zoo news release, the two have been playing together and the young orangutan often sleeps in the crook of Maggie’s arm. H

“Although it has been only a short time and we have a long road ahead of us, we are extremely optimistic due to Kecil and Maggie’s progress so far. Maggie is an easygoing and gentle orangutan.  The two have been together since Kecil’s arrival, and Maggie has provided care and attention that he needs to receive from an orangutan.” said Jay Petersen, curator of primates and carnivores for the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

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