Orangutan surprises zoo by getting pregnant despite taking birth control

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It’s kinda like that film Knocked Up, but with primates.

Keepers at Adelaide Zoo in Australia have been taken aback by the news that its Sumatran orangutan, Karta, has fallen pregnant despite being on birth control. A baby is expected in mid-Jan. 2017.

The zoo’s Senior Primate Keeper, Jodie Ellen, shared the “nerve-wracking news” in a Facebook post. 

“Mother Nature actually intervened, and we’ve gone ahead with the pregnancy because Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild,” she said. 

There is a sad twist to this story, however, as 34-year-old Karta has lost six infants due to difficulties breastfeeding and stillborn births, since 1995. Read more…

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