Mother Orangutan Passes Away So The Male Takes Over Her Role

Cerah is a two-year-old orangutan living at the Denver zoo. Unfortunately, her mother died last month, leaving the zookeepers wondering who would care for the young orangutan.

As it turns out, they didn’t have to wait very long for an answer because Cerah’s father, Berani, decided it was his responsibility.

Photo: Facebook / Denver Zoo

It’s unusual for a male orangutan to take on the role of a female, but he took it in stride.

Photo: Facebook / Denver Zoo

The zoo went on Facebook to give an update on the young orangutan so people knew how she was doing.

They were surprised to see Berani step up as ‘Mr. Mom’, because it is very rare. They are confident that he is providing what she needs.

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They went on to say: “Berani is so attentive and protective of her, seeing to all her needs. He will carry her, comfort her, and even snuggles her when she sleeps. As for big sis Hesty, she’s been taking on her share with Cerah and plays with her throughout the day. The three of them are sticking together and moving forward.”

The Public Relations Coordinator at the Denver Zoo, Carlie McGuire, spoke with Bored Panda. She said it is practically unheard of for males to raise children in the wild.

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Then again, she said that Berani “has always been an exception to the typical role of a male orangutan.”

As it turns out, Berani already had a reputation for caring for his children. The first daughter of his, Hesty, may not have been his biological daughter, but he did treat her as if she was.

Because of this, they aren’t quite as surprised to find that he is now taking care of Cerah.

Photo: Facebook / Denver Zoo

Hesty is now 11 years old and it won’t be long before she is having children of her own. She is also playing with Cerah while Berani takes care of her as her surrogate mother.

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