Orangutan Twins

The occurence of orangutans giving birth to twins in the wild is extremely rare and as far as we know has never been documented before now. This is why we were amazed when we heard that Tut, an adult female Bornean orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan had given birth to live twins.  The chance of both twins surviving in the wild is extremely unlikely and sadly one of her twins died. Below is a picture of Tut and her surviving infant at 6 days old.  Stephen blogged about Tut last October when her 2 year old orangutan infant was killed by a pig.

 Newborn orangutan twin

Tut and her 6 day old baby -photo by Ian Wood (www.agoodplace.co.uk)

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Orangutan Foundation