Mother And Orangutan Share A Moment Over Breast-Feeding

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Elizabeth Hunt Burrett was visiting Australia's Melbourne Zoo for her daughter’s third birthday when her son,13-week-old Eli, became hungry. Burrett retreated to a corner of the orangutan enclosure to breast-feed her son, but two curious orangutans decided to watch her.

"It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while,” Burrett told ABC Melbourne. "And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod.”

Orangutans, like humans, breast-feed their young. Mothers also stay with their young for up to eight years, The Dodo reports.

The orangutan sat with the Burrett through the duration of the feeding. She wrote on Facebook, “It was the most beautiful thing!”

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Burrett said she was unable to breast-feed her first child, and the orangutan’s attention felt significant. "I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don't know. It was just amazing."

Sources: ABC Melbourne, Elizabeth Hunt Burrett/Facebook, The Dodo / Photo credit: Elizabeth Hunt Burrett/Facebook

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