Thursday, 31. July 2014
© Tiergarten Schönbrunn/Norbert Potensky
07. 11. 12. - 15:30
07. 11. 12. - 15:30
The orangutan enclosure at Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo has been temporarily closed off to the public after the zoo's female orangutan had a stillbirth.
Although there were regular checkups and the baby seemed to be doing fine it was eventually stillborn to its 16-year-old mother Sol.
According to experts female orangutans have a high rate of stillbirths with regards to their first baby although the checkups had led them to believe that in this case the baby that was born on Monday would be healthy.
In the wild even after the baby is stillborn the mother will often carry it around for a while before accepting that the baby is dead.
Zoo vet Hanna Vielgrader said: "They will stay with the baby and carry it even when did in the wild for a few days and we want to give this morning time to Sol as well. As a result their area is closed to the public for the moment."
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