A zoo is celebrating the arrival of a baby orangutan.
The baby ape, born at Twycross Zoo near Nuneaton, is a vital addition, as only 50,000 orangutans are left in the wild with experts predicting the creature will be extinct in the wild within 20 years.
The new arrival is the fourth for 36-year-old orangutan Kibriah as part of the European Breeding Programme, and zookeepers hope the baby will become a playmate for its three-year-old sister, Molly.
Great ape team leader, Simon Childs, said: “We’re all very proud. Kibriah is a very loving mum and she’s doing such a great job.
“She is holding the baby very close so we won’t know if it’s a boy or a girl just.
“When we find out the sex, we can then start to think of a name for him or her.”.
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This is the third species of endangered great ape born at the zoo over the last 12 months, following Lope, a gorilla, in January and Monkonzi, a bonobo in February.