The Jakarta Post
Obamy the orangutan was born at the Ragunan Zoo, South Jakarta, late Tuesday.
Courtesy of Ragunan Zoo
The “mother of the orangutan”, Ulrike Freifrau von Mengden, assisted the birth of the baby orangutan girl at almost at the same moment as the inauguration of US President Barack Obama.
The baby was named after the president, but days later, von Mengden discovered the baby was a girl, hence a new name was called for: Obamy.
Ibu Ulla and a volunteer, Barbara Ossenkopp, wrote in a statement on Saturday, “The name Obamy was chosen in the hope for a change for the life of the almost extinct Kalimantan orangutan.”
“No more monkey business in 2009. Yes, we can,” they went on in the statement.
Obamy is the second offspring of 12-year-old Kalimantan orangutan Betina. — JP