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Orangutan mom and baby explore atrium at Indianapolis Zoo

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 29, 2016)– The newest mother-daughter duo at the Indianapolis Zoo had an exciting day.

The pair got to venture into the atrium for the first time Tuesday.

Sirih has been building lots of big, comfortable nests for resting, the zoo said.

Because mother orangutans may need more than two or three times the amount of calories while nursing, Sirih is enjoying foods that are energy dense and high in protein, including hard boiled eggs, Spanish peanuts, cooked white potato and protein bars. Sirih is also receiving lots of fluids to help with her milk supply.

The baby Sumatran orangutan was born at 5:07 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Sirih and first-time father, 14-year-old Basan, were recommended as a breeding pair through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, a program ensuring a sustainable, genetically diverse and demographically varied AZA population.

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