A mother was shocked to discover 2 Asian apes called ‘orangutans’ stare at her while she was breastfeeding her baby at Melbourne Zoo.
The mother, known only as Elizabeth, was celebrating her daughter’s third birthday at the Melbourne Zoo Sunday when her 13-week-old son Eli became very hungry while they were at the orangutan enclosure.
“I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breastfeeding,” Elizabeth told 774 ABC Melbourne.
“And this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on.”
Two orangutans eventually came over to take in the scene, fixated by the sight of Elizabeth feeding her son by the enclosure window.
“It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while, and she came over and gave me a bit of a nod,” Elizabeth told the radio station. “It was absolutely amazing.”
Elizabeth thinks the orangutans thought baby Eli was one of theirs’, as he too has red hair. The two primates continued to watch throughout the 10 minutes she was breastfeeding, as Elizabeth’s mum snapped a picture.
“Once one person saw what was going on, there was a bit of crowd. It was a bit awkward,” Elizabeth said, with zoo visitors captivated by the moment unfolding in front of them.
“But no-one said anything negative. They were just in awe of what was going on.“
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