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The Henry Vilas Zoo is welcoming a new arrival, and she's as cute as a button.
Baby orangutan Keju was born on April 9 and is now being shown to the public (through the media) for the first time.
Keju means "cheese" in the Malay language, spoken on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, the only natural areas where orangutans are found.
"No matter where she goes in life, her name is a reminder that she is a true Wisconsinite," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "We take great pride in the work we do to protect endangered species."
Keju is the daughter of Kawan and Datu. Unfortunately, mother Kawan stopped full-time caregiving of Keju, so zoo personnel had to step in to care for the baby.
Kawan is being trained in how to care for her baby, so the reunion can take place as soon as possible.
"We are so fortunate to have a healthy mother and infant," said zoo director Ronda Schwetz. "Teaching Kawan appropriate infant care will help ensure a good bond between her and Keju."
Zoo caregivers are wearing special vests with fleece strips for the baby orangutan to hold onto, similar to the baby holding onto its mother. Infant orangutans cling to their moms for the first year.
Keju probably won't be on public display at the zoo for some time, and the parents will also not be seen by the public while they are being trained in parenthood.
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