Twycross Zoo baby orangutan found dead in enclosure

Baby orangutan at Twycross The orangutan was born in November and had not yet been named

Related Stories

A two-month-old orangutan has been found dead in its enclosure at Twycross Zoo.

The Leicestershire zoo's spokeswoman said it was not known how the ape, born in November, died and a post-mortem examination would be carried out.

He added that the infant's mother Kibriah would be closely monitored.

Dr Charlotte Macdonald, head of life sciences at the park, said it was a sad day for the future of the species, which is endangered in the wild.

She said that "despite the tragic outcome, we are incredibly proud of Kibriah".

'Attentive and caring'
Kibriah the orang-utan with her baby The zoo said Kibriah would be closely monitored

"The keepers will continue to ensure she receives the best possible comfort and care through this difficult time," she said.

"The loss of this baby orang-utan marks not only a very sad day for Twycross Zoo, but, as an endangered species, every baby is vital for the future survival of orang-utans, which are severely threatened in the wild."

The zoo spokeswoman said Kibriah had been a "very attentive and caring mother".

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has said deforestation of the orang-utans' natural habitat is the cause for dwindling numbers.

The baby, who was born on 28 November and had not yet been named, marked the third great ape birth at the zoo in 2013, following the arrivals of a gorilla and a bonobo.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Leicester



9 °C 8 °C


  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread

  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?

  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank urine and bat blood to survive in the Sahara

  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban

  • Flooded homesNo respite

    Many hit by last winter's floods are struggling to pay soaring insurance bills

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.