Ape Emma joins Chester Zoo's baby boom

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STAFF at Chester Zoo are celebrating yet again following the arrival of a baby Sumatran orang-utan.

The baby orang-utan follows on from a flurry of new arrivals at the zoo in the past month, with a black rhino, giraffe and okapi all joining the ranks.

The as yet unnamed orang-utan, which was born to mum Emma on Friday, was the star attraction for the public at the weekend, with both mother and baby coping extremely well.

Chester Zoo spokesman Rachel Wheatley said: “Everything has gone perfectly with mother and baby. They have just got on with it as animals do.

“Mum Emma has been very protective and they are bonding really, really well.

“The public have been able to see them all weekend and the orangutan enclosure was very busy as people wanted to catch a glimpse of mother and baby.”

The baby boom at the zoo has come as a boost to the attraction, with the half-term holidays set to see thousands make their way in the hope of seeing the new arrivals.

Rachel added: “The baby boom that we have seen has been great for us and will give us a real boost.

“With it being half-term this week, we are expecting it to get busy and to see people coming through the gates in good numbers, which is great news for the zoo.”

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