Instantly adorable newborn chimpanzee is reunited with its mother at Kansas Zoo after being born via emergency c-section
- Mother chimpanzee saw her pick up her newborn baby and give it a loving hug
- The couple was separated for two days after complications during the birth
- Baby raises arm to get attention in video, prompting mom to run for it
Adorable footage has been captured of the moment a chimpanzee mother reunites with her newborn baby after being separated following birth complications at a Kansas zoo.
The footage shows the mother chimpanzee, Mahale, immediately picking up and hugging her male baby, Kucheza, after raising his arm for attention as she enters an enclosure where he was resting.
Sedgwick County Zoo posted the footage online after it welcomed the birth of a member of Kucheza on Tuesday.
After Mahale experienced difficulties during childbirth, zoo staff decided to perform a caesarean section. The couple were separated for two days while baby Kucheza was watched.
The zoo wrote on Facebook, “After nearly 2 full days, Mahale and baby were reunited this morning!
Baby Kucheza raises his hand to attract the attention of his mother Mahale, who has just entered the enclosure
Mother chimpanzee Mahale notices her newborn son, resting under a blanket at the zoo
Mahale immediately runs to her baby and takes him in her arms, noticing his presence
Mother chimpanzee Mahale lovingly hugs her newborn baby Kucheza in a heartwarming moment of joy
“Mahale gave birth by emergency c-section after natural labor stopped progressing.
“The baby wasn’t breathing well on his own, so he stayed in the hospital with the medical team until he could be reunited with mom.”
In the heartwarming video posted on Nov. 17, Mahale can be seen entering the enclosure where her new baby is resting in a blanket.
She sits still for a moment, seemingly unaware that her newborn is just inches away from her.
Seconds later, baby Kucheza raises his hand and attracts the attention of his mother, who rushes over and takes him in her arms.
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Chimpanzee Mahale feeds her newborn baby, Kucheza, shortly after being reunited after a two-day separation
Mahale seems happy as she cradles her newborn baby in her arms after being separated right after birth
The mother then hugs her new son tightly, with her love evident as she lovingly embraces him.
The zoo’s Facebook post has caught the attention of thousands of users, with more than 22,000 comments so far.
Sedgwick County Zoo is a Wichita-based nonprofit that is home to 3,000 individual animals from nearly 400 species, according to its website.