Animals

By Harriet Whitehead


A photographer snapped the tender moment an orangutan and her daughter snuggled up for an afternoon nap in the spring sunshine.

Bornean orangutans Mali and her daughter Tatau were pictured relaxing in their hammock at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon one afternoon earlier this month.

MERCURY PRESS. The series of snaps, taken by a regular zoo visitor, show five-year-old Tatau snuggled into her mum’s body while she enjoys feeling the sunshine on her face.

Others show Tatau gripping on as 22-year-old Mali moves around the hammock.

Phil Knowling, spokesman for Paignton Zoo, said: “The orangutans have a network of islands surrounded by trees and water.

“Keepers bring them food and clean up after them and the zoo vets are on hand if they ever need them.

“Pretty much everything is taken care of, so no wonder they seem so relaxed.

MERCURY PRESS“Mali and Tatau share their home with adult females Gambira and Chinta, Chinta’s daughter Natalia and adult male Wousan.

“Sadly, life for wild orangutans is nowhere near as relaxing.

“They’re threatened by hunting, the pet trade and habitat destruction.

“The Bornean orangutan is classed as endangered by the IUCN Red List – the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.”

Bornean Orangutans usually have a lifespan of between 34 to 45 years in the wild, but will often live much longer in zoos.