The surprising paternity of the orangutan baby shows that the dividing fence does not match two monkeys in love.
A 5-month-old Padma DNA test – part of a program for breeding endangered species in the Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland – showed that the orangutan baby was not raised by a man in her enclosure. only one mature man living with a group of women, the fatherhood of the offspring is not controversial, "said the zoo. "[However,] As all groups come in contact with each other on the fence, the young orangutans are routinely tested for paternity, and Padma is no exception."
In this unconsumed photo, published on Thursday, January 31, 2019 by the Basel zoo, the zoo owners take samples of the DNA of the female orangutan Maya to determine the fatherhood of her daughter, Padma in zoo in Basel. (Zoo Basel via AP)
Maya, who gives birth to Padma in August, is in the same enclosure as Buddy, a 14-year-old orangutan. It could easily be assumed that Buddy would be the baby's father, but the tests did not match.
"So far, these tests have not produced any surprises. But for the first time: Padma's father turned out to be Vendel (18), who sometimes meets Maja in the fence, said the zoo and added that Vendel is the only man with cheeks that is very attractive to women
It seems that women just can not resist a man with a cheek pad ", added the museum.
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samples of newborn orangutans, as threatened great apes are part of a breeding program.