Zoo expecting first baby orangutan in over 60 years
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is preparing for a very special primate birth.
Why it matters: The tree-dwelling species, native to Southeast Asia, is critically endangered.
- The baby, due in late fall, will be the first born at the zoo in over 60 years.
The latest: Alissa was among the journalists invited to witness Khali's monthly ultrasound this week.
How it works: Khali is trained to hang onto a wire door in a behind-the-scenes habitat area, making her belly accessible to radiologist Eric Hostnik of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Zookeeper Chelsea Massaroni keeps Khali distracted during the procedure by feeding her pieces of dried fruit. Watch some video clips.
- Hostnik has been monitoring the baby as it develops and says it looks healthy.
- Its sex won't be confirmed until after birth.
What's next: After the baby arrives, it's possible the public's view of the orangutans will be limited until the new mom gets comfortable.
- For now, you can view the apes in the Australia and the Islands region.
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