Orangutan dad takes over raising baby after mom died at Denver Zoo

Male orangutans normally do not have much of a role in raising their babies, however Denver Zoo orangutan Berani has stepped up to the plate and eagerly accepted becoming “Mr. Mom.”

According to the Denver Zoo, the Sumatran orangutan mom, Nias, died in December leaving three-year-old Cerah orphaned – that is until the 27-year-old dad named Berani started to care for his offspring. In the wild, male orangutans don’t get involved with the babies, and so the zoo was surprised when Berani filled the empty spot in Cerah’s young life.

A recent Facebook post from the zoo reported the heartwarming situation:

“For everyone wondering how our little Cerah is doing, our keepers will tell you that we are so fortunate that her dad Berani has stepped up to the plate. In the wild, orangutan males are not involved with their offspring. To see Berani step up as Mr. Mom, is an extremely rare situation—and Cerah couldn’t have asked for a better dad. Berani is so attentive and protective of her, seeing to all her needs. He will carry her, comfort her, and even snuggles her when she sleeps. As for big sis Hesty, she’s been taking on her share with Cerah and plays with her through out the day. The three of them are sticking together and moving forward.
📷: Zookeepers Tenley & Christa, and Volunteer Mark Rinker”
Cerah’s 11-year-old sister seems also to be taking up the added responsibility and occupies her baby sister with lots of playtime.
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