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Orangutan Mom Is So Proud To Hug Her Newborn Baby

She’s so in love with him 💛

As the baby nestles into his mom’s warm fur, she lies there quietly, wrapping her arms gently around her wiggling newborn son.

Mom is relaxed, but alert, as she lies among the jungle leaves, listening to the chirps of native birds all around.

Meet Suro, an 11-year-old orangutan mother living with her newborn son, Senja, in Sumatra’s Thirty Hills National Park.

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Suro hugging her son | Facebook/The Orangutan Project

This sweet moment caught on camera between child and mom shows their undeniable bond — which is especially touching for The Orangutan Project (TOP) team, which works to monitor orangutan families, protect against poaching and raise orphaned apes in Indonesia.

Mother orangutans are among the most protective of guardians over their babies, but sadly they stand defenseless against rampant poachers and deforestation plaguing their native habitats.

More than ever, few families like Suro’s are able to remain together because they face risks at every turn in the wild. 

Mothers are often killed by wildlife traffickers so they can’t protect their babies from being stolen as pets, and in other cases, the mothers are killed by locals after getting too close to villages.

Additionally, orangutans who wander onto palm oil plantations are sometimes shot to keep them away. As a result of these threats, all three species of orangutan are critically endangered.

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Baby Senja with his mom | Facebook/The Orangutan Project

Hopefully, thanks to forest protection programs run by TOP and other groups, Suro will spend the next six or seven years happily living at her little son’s side before he’s ready to go off on his own.

“Both are being monitored closely and are doing well in the jungles of Bukit Tigapuluh in Sumatra,” TOP said in an update earlier this month. “Little Senja is a very alert baby and Suro is a protective and caring mum.”

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Facebook/The Orangutan Project

Over the next few years, Senja will come to know survival skills, how to climb and how to forage — and most importantly, will know just what love from his mom feels like.

To help keep orangutan families like Suro and Senja together, you can make a donation to The Orangutan Project.