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Married orangutan couple takes next step: parenthood

January 23, 1997
Web posted at: 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT)

BANGKOK (CNN) -- Thailand's only married orangutan couple are well on their way towards forming a full-fledged nuclear family.

Zuzu and Mike are now a mother and father -- after Zuzu gave birth to a male baby ape late Tuesday night. The delivery, expected for weeks, took place at Lopburi Zoo, 70 miles north of Bangkok.

Hundreds of people have flocked to the zoo to see the primate family.

The happy couple made headlines last year when Zuzu, an 8-year-old orangutan, was flown from Taiwan to marry Mike -- a lonely ape who needed a mate.

Now zoo officials are passing out cigars.

"We had champagne and a big celebration," said one of Zuzu's doctors.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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