(WICHITA, Kan.) — An 8-month-old Sumatran orangutan named Kinali peeks out from behind his mother, Daisy, inside of a special play house at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
The two were separated from the other orangutans after Kinali’s mother showed little interest in raising the baby. The Zoo hopes that Daisy’s maternal instinct kicks in soon.
“We did a lot of training with her while she was pregnant,” says Zookeeper Amanda Snyder. “Then once he was born Daisy decided she didn’t want to be so involved so we’re feeding him and working his muscles.”
Kinali is fed a special rice formula from a bottle but doesn’t make it easy for the zookeepers. “When you start feeding him,” says Snyder, “in the middle of it he’ll want to play.”