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5-month-old orangutan sent to Milwaukee County Zoo

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A nearly five-month-old male orangutan has been sent to the Milwaukee County Zoo, to try and find a suitable surrogate mother.  

Kecil rejected his birth mother after he was born on January 11th at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. Zoo officials there decided to place the baby with a surrogate -- and they chose a female who's had experience in that role.  

M.J. was the surrogate mother for Mahal, a baby orangutan who touched people's hearts when he was brought to Milwaukee in 2008. Mahal died last December from a tapeworm infection.  

Kecil is the second baby ape living at the Milwaukee County Zoo this year. The first was a female gorilla who was born March 19th.  

Kassiu died a month later, after being the first gorilla born in Milwaukee in 22 years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)