Two months after Tori, the smoking orangutan was moved to an isolated island at the Solo Zoo in Indonesia to force her to quit the habit, she has given birth.
Digital Journal reported in July that Tori was being moved to an island at the zoo with her mate, to keep her away from zoo visitors that were supplying her with cigarettes.
Officials at the Solo Zoo issued a news release today, saying Tori has given birth to a baby, naturally and without the help of veterinarians or animal keepers. They say they haven't been able to get close enough to the newborn to determine its sex but have named the infant Jokowi, after the mayor of Surakarta who is running for governor.
Zoo Director Lilik Kristanto says Didik, the baby's father, is being more protective of his family on the remote island, since the baby was born.
Kristanto says Tori is living healthier and happier in her new island with her first baby. “Tori was also born in this zoo 14 years ago. As an orangutan that was born in the zoo, Tori is not quite good to climb a tree. However, we are surprise that she has natural instincts as a normal orangutan. She is a good mother.”