A popular orangutan at a zoo in England is making headlines again after he was seen on video having a touching moment with a pregnant woman.
Kayley Bettany was visiting Colchester Zoo in Essex with her husband, Kieran, when the zoo’s 48-year-old great ape, Rajang, came over and started caressing her belly through the glass.
“When he started playing around with my bump through the glass it amazed me,” Kayley
told The Daily Mail
. “I never thought the orangutan would react this way—he even had a tear in his eye.”
The Bettanys have since been
back to see Rajang
with their daughter, Brooke.
This isn’t the first time Rajang has been caught on video completely enthralled with a bun in the oven. Last year, Maisie Knight was at the zoo when her partner Jamie Clarke told her to put her baby bump up against the glass.
Clarke caught the sweet exchange on video, which he later posted on YouTube, of Rajang kissing her bump through the glass.
“Me and my 37 week pregnant partner visited Colchester zoo and [were] amazed when we visited Rajang the orangutan,” he wrote on the post. “She is heavily pregnant and before long he was trying to kiss my partner’s belly through the glass […] Truly a special animal that has touched our hearts.
As the video gained the attention of the world via social media, the
zoo acknowledged Rajang’s curiosity
and penchant to interact with visitors:
“Rajang has always been a curious orangutan! He loves belly buttons, scars and of course baby bumps! His inquisitive way means he loves to interact with visitors particularly those who might be expecting!”
Following Rajang’s most recent exchange, two keepers at the zoo who are expecting are taking his interest one step further to see if he can predict what the sex of their baby will be.