Sumatran orangutan Indah gave her 3-month-old daughter, Aisha, an up-close-and-personal tutorial on how to fashion a stick into a spoon this morning as they hung out over breakfast. Keepers placed mustard and banana-flavored baby food around the apes’ exhibit, and Indah diligently stripped a nearby stick of all its leaves in order to cover it with her favorite snack and enjoy. Of course, Indah kept Aisha very close throughout breakfast and will continue to do so for the next few months until she feels comfortable letting the youngster explore on her own.
Aisha is the newest member of the orangutan group that calls the San Diego Zoo home, but the number of places these apes can call home in the wild is quickly dwindling due, in part, to unsustainable palm tree oil production. There are less than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans in the wild, making them a critically endangered species.
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