Blog: Kecil Orangutan

How We Prepared for Kecil - PART 2

When Kecil arrived on June 20, 2014, he was such an adorable baby. It was impossible not to fall in love with him. Now that he had stolen our hearts, it was time for him to steal Maggie’s. Because this baby was new to Maggie and we did not know how she would react to him, Maggie was shown Kecil or “visually introduced” to Kecil while he was being held outside of the enclosure. Maggie showed immediate interest in Kecil and began sticking out her fingers to try to touch him.
Since the visual introduction was a success, it was now time for Kecil to become familiar with his new home. Kecil was placed in his enclosure while we sat nearby for comfort. He quickly began exploring his new surroundings. When he seemed calm and comfortable on his own, it was time for him and Maggie to meet face to face.
Maggie quickly went up to Kecil and began inspecting him, touching him gently, and sniffing him. Both of them were remarkably calm during their first few moments together. As time went on, we saw positive signs that their bond would grow. When it was time to give Kecil his bottle shortly after the introduction, Maggie sat next to Kecil drinking juice from a cup while Kecil drank his bottle.  We took overnight shifts to observe them continually that first night and we saw many gentle interactions between them. Maggie inspected his feet as he slept and she pulled him close to her once when he whimpered, both very positive signs.
As the days passed, Maggie and Kecil’s bond continued to grow. Maggie would often check on Kecil when he slept, come to Kecil’s aid when he would cry, and play with him often. Maggie was even heard making new vocalizations towards Kecil. She began making low grunting vocalization and holding her arm out towards Kecil. He would quickly run up to her and grabbed onto her arm. We were thrilled to see this progress and enjoyed watching their bond grow every day. We see new light in Maggie since Kecil’s arrival and are excited for what the future holds.
What happened to Brunei you may ask? Brunei has been enjoying bachelor life since being separated from Maggie. He still gets lots of keeper attention and is as playful and attentive as ever.

Read Part 1 of How We Prepared for Kecil's Arrival.

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KLOG Entry - November 18, 2014
Kecil seems much more interested in solid foods the past few days.  Spoke to our nutritionist and she changed his pureed baby food to chunks of the same veggie and starch that Maggie gets.  He ate the new diet well today.
KLOG Entry – December 2, 2014
Brunei spent time today watching Kecil play on the other side of their shared clear door.  Kecil didn’t seem to pay any attention to Brunei in return.


Posted: 12/8/2014 3:19:06 PM by Filed under: Animal Welfare, Brunei, Kecil, Maggie, orangutan, SSP

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Kecil Orangutan

Updates on baby orangutan Kecil who arrived at Brookfield Zoo on June 20, 2014 to be introduced to a surrogate mom, Maggie, the zoo’s 53-year-old Bornean orangutan.


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