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Kecil Turns One Year Old!

Kecil and Maggie Orangutan

January 11, 2015 marked Kecil’s first birthday.  We celebrated all weekend so that all of us here at Tropic World Asia could attend the party. We decorated Maggie and Kecil’s enclosure with streamers and we made two healthy cakes.  One was made of sugar-free Jell-O topped with yogurt and raisins. The other was made out of primate biscuits and topped with yogurt. Kecil loved playing with the streamers and Maggie loved eating the cakes. Kecil did manage to get a taste of both cakes, too!

So much has happened in Kecil’s first year of life!  When he arrived at Brookfield Zoo last June, he seemed so tiny.  He could move about by himself, but was unsteady and slow due to his young age.  He enjoyed climbing up, but could not climb back down. Today he can go up, down, sideways, and his new favorite – upside down! Another new favorite activity is wrestling!  He wrestles with Maggie, wrestles with paper, with toys, and with wood wool (bedding used to sleep on).  This new favorite activity, along with his love of climbing, will help strengthen his muscles as he grows.  He has already grown taller since coming here, and has gained about five pounds.  We have been offering him small adult diet items for a few months and Kecil is eating many of them now rather than just sucking on them and spitting them out. He will continue to get a bottle for some time as infant orangutans nurse from their mother for four or more years.  After that, most of the nursing is for reassurance as majority of their calories come from eating solid foods.

Kecil has also learned many things since coming to Brookfield Zoo.  He can move from one enclosure to another on his own when asked, and sometimes he’s even faster than Maggie.  He is also learning his way around all the other enclosures and he is figuring out how to negotiate new obstacles. He shows interest in watching the other orangutans in the area, especially six-year-old Kekasih.

All in all, Kecil has had a very busy year but is right on track with any other one-year-old orangutan. He is fully bonded with Maggie and continues to sleep with her every night and play with her during the day.  He is healthy, strong, inquisitive, and just likes to have fun!

- Tropic World Asia Keepers

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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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