LOVE AND AF­FEC­TION

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Nature -

As any hu­man par­ent knows, the bond that de­vel­ops be­tween us and our off­spring is one of the most pow­er­ful there is. The same is true of other great apes, which like us re­pro­duce slowly and have rel­a­tively few ba­bies, in­vest­ing huge amounts of time in their care. Fe­male orang­utans do not breed un­til they are 10–15 years old, bear­ing just one in­fant every 5–10 years. Here, a re­ha­bil­i­tated fe­male Bor­neo orang­utan known by re­searchers as Unyuk cud­dles her four-year-old, Ur­sula, at Camp Leakey in Tan­jung Put­ing Na­tional Park, In­done­sia. She is clearly very at­tached to her daugh­ter and the young­ster re­turns that close­ness.

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