Male orangutan at Denver Zoo takes care of 2-year-old daughter after mother dies

DENVER — A male orangutan at the Denver Zoo has become “Mr. Mom,” taking on caregiving duties for his 2-year-old daughter after the mother died.

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Nias died suddenly in December from a heart attack, KCNC reported. She was 32. Orangutans typically live to their 40s in the wild and their 50s in captivity.

We’re deeply saddened to share that Nias, the matriarch of our Sumatran orangutan family, died unexpectedly last...

Posted by Denver Zoo on Monday, December 21, 2020

Since then, Berani has taken care of their daughter, Cerah, something rare for orangutans.

“It’s incredible to see. It’s this giant male with this tiny, little baby,” zookeeper Cindy Cossaboon said. “It’s one of those things where you have this terrible storm, and then, you have the rainbow at the end.”

Berani cuddles and sleeps with Cerah at night. He runs to her when she cries.

“He is doing a fantastic job. We couldn’t ask for better care for her,” Cossaboon said.

For everyone wondering how our little Cerah is doing, our keepers will tell you that we are so fortunate that her dad...

Posted by Denver Zoo on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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