Orangutan infant “Aurora” is growing fast, and at the early age of 3 months has decided to grow some teeth. These new incisors resemble Chiclets coming out of her gums and are rather ridiculous looking objects, which she proudly shows off regularly.
She has graduated to some solid foods like rice cereal and banana in addition to formula and is practicing with those choppers daily. Of course, while we are doing introductions with her to birth mother Kelly or potential surrogate mom Cheyenne, we share the goodies with the adults.
As we step up face-to-face introductions, we are also increasing the types and amount of enrichment that she receives. She is now being exposed to everything that the adult orangutans receive: paper of all types, browse, substrates, boxes, plastic toys, and even a mirror, which she found quite entertaining.
Look for Aurora to appear sometime soon on the orangutan exhibit as we acclimate her to the viewing area and guests. This announcement will come soon, so stay tuned!
Photos by Nathalie Jolicoeur.