Kecil’s big debut at Brookfield Zoo

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BROOKFIELD, Ill. -- It almost appears he’s already mugging for the cameras.

One-year-old Kecil, a Bornean Orangutan, happily showed off Wednesday ahead of his public debut at Brookfield Zoo -- after a rather rocky entrance and uncertain future in the world.

Born at the Toledo Zoo in Jan. 2014, Kecil was rejected by his birth mother, then transferred to a surrogate in Milwaukee four months later. When that didn’t work he was brought to Brookfield and introduced to the oldest Bornean Orangutan in North America, 53-year-old Maggie.

Since June Maggie and Kecil have been bonding out of the public eye, playing, climbing, eating and snuggling together, with Kecil having to develop mobility skills earlier than most infants as the aging Maggie doesn’t carry him everywhere -- although she’s never out of his sight for long.

And it will likely stay that way for a very long time.


See Kecil at Brookfield Zoo

8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, Ill. 60513

Saturdays & Sundays

10am – noon



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