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Orangutan baby greets zoo visitors

An 8-month-old orangutan, the result of cooperation between zoos in Shanghai and Nanjing City in neighboring Jiangsu Province, has been greeting visitors to Shanghai Zoo.

The parents of Hei Niu, a female born on September 14, are Xiao Hei at Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo and Lu Lu at Shanghai Zoo.

Orangutans are listed as endangered in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Breeding is very difficult and it usually takes eight years for one birth in the wild, Shanghai Zoo said.

To expand the population, national selection on the matching of the species was conducted in 2015. Xiao Hei and Lu Lu were selected as the best pair because they are close in age and of the same subspecies but not related, the zoo said.

In the summer of 2015, Lu Lu traveled to Nanjing and apparently fell in love with Xiao Hei, who is active and strong. Hei Niu is named after her father Xiao Hei, meaning little black, while Niu means girl.


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