Two peas in a pod: How Mali keeps Tatu content
An "enchanting" baby orangutan is being carefully nurtured by its mother at Paignton Zoo.
Mali, who produced the zoo's first orangutan birth for 16 years earlier this year, is keeping her son Tatu content with her favourite snack as shown in this series of photographs taken by Richard Austin.
The Bornean orangutan collects raw pea pods sprinkled among the grass for her five-month-old, who is kept quiet by chewing on the food.
Tatu will remain with Mali for up to ten years before he may have to be moved as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.
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Neil Bemment, the zoo's operations director and curator of mammals, "The babies are such enchanting and vulnerable-looking creatures that you can't help but want to do something to save orangs from extinction."