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Baby Sumatran Orangutan born at the St. Louis Zoo

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(Stephanie Braccini, Saint Louis Zoo)

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Zoo is celebrating the birth of a very special baby. A female orangutan was born there Sunday night. She is the first orangutan born at the St. Louis Zoo in ten years.

The birth of a Sumatran Orangutan is significant because there are only 4,500 left living in the wild.  Orangutans are on the verge of extinction because their natural habitats are being replaced by palm oil plantations.

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