A pregnant woman shared a heart-warming encounter with an Orangutan, as the affectionate primate kissed her baby bump.
The expectant mother, Morgain Cole Abbott, from Ipswich, Suffolk, was moved to tears when the 48-year-old orangutan tried to kiss her pregnant belly through the glass of the primate enclosure at Colchester Zoo.
The male orangutan, named Rajang (pictured below) was filmed trying to stroke Morgain’s stomach and appeared to be smiling in the adorable footage.
Humans and apes – including orangutans – share a special bond in the workings of Mother Nature, being the most sentient and intelligent beings to have evolved on land.
The Malay word ‘orangutan’ literally translates to mean ‘human of the forest’ – compounding the respect with which humans have always looked upon this rare and majestic primate.
— Colchester Zoo (@ColchesterZoo) January 4, 2017
As individuals, orangutans display unique and rich personalities.
The video captures a beautiful moment in which we see man and beast bond over the universal experience of pregnancy and childbirth.
What an amazing moment ?? As of 9:30pm today, this video has had over 4,000 views which is incredible and I'm flawed that so many people have shared my special moment with this incredible creature. Orangutans are endangered, as many of you know. If every one of you who has viewed his video donated just £1 to the Orangutan Foundation we could raise an amazing amount of money to help support these amazing and majestic animals in the wild. Simply text APES05 £X to 70070 (where X is the amount you would like to donate, e.g. text APES05 £20 to 70070 to donate £20).Let's take this incredible moment and make an even bigger impact, in the hope that one day my baby will be able to see these phenomenal creatures in the wild, safe from harm.http://www.orangutan.org.uk#orangutan #colchesterzoo #babybelly #orangutankiss #rajang #conservation*Update: over 15,000 views now which is just incredible. I really hope lots of you have donated, as I have ❤Jukin Media Verified (Original)* For licensing / permission to use: Contact – licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom
Posted by Morgain Cole Abbott on Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Sharing the footage captured by her partner, Liam, 27-year-old Morgain captioned the video with an important message, pleading for viewers who enjoyed the clip to donate to fund the preservation of this beautifully docile species of ape.
Orangutans are endangered, as many of you know. If every one of you who has viewed his video donated just £1 to the Orangutan Foundation we could raise an amazing amount of money to help support these amazing and majestic animals in the wild.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year from the Orangutan Foundation. pic.twitter.com/9IO1LdDpzN
— Orangutan Foundation (@OrangutanFndn) January 1, 2017
Let’s take this incredible moment and make an even bigger impact, in the hope that one day my baby will be able to see these phenomenal creatures in the wild, safe from harm.
You can donate through the Orangutan Foundation website and text service.