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Adorable newborn orangutan hiccups in its keepers arms at Kansas Zoo

Adorable newborn orangutan hiccups in its keeper’s arms at Kansas Zoo

  • Baby Lily is receiving special attention from staff at Sedgwick County Zoo
  • The orangutan, born via c-section, was born via c-section on September 7 
  • Zoo staff say her mother Daisy isn’t fit to take care of Lily yet after the surgery 

A sleepy baby orangutan has been recorded hiccuping in a zookeeper’s arms in an adorable video. 

Baby orangutan, Lily, is receiving special attention from staff at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, after her complicated birth. 

Zookeepers have been feeding and snuggling Lily since she was born in the zoo via C-section on September 7.

Staff at the zoo said her mother Daisy isn’t yet ready to be Lily’s full time carer after the painful surgery.   

The hiccups are nothing to worry about, in fact, they show the similarities between the primates and humans.

The zoo updated its followers in the caption of a recent video, writing that both Lily and Daisy, ‘are doing incredibly well.’

Hiccuping happens when something irritates the diaphragm into a sudden contraction, pushing air up into the lungs so quickly that the epiglottis (flap in the throat that keeps food from entering the windpipe and the lungs) in the throat shuts. 

Baby orangutan Lily dozing peacefully at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas

Baby orangutan Lily dozing peacefully at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas

Adorable footage shows her hiccuping while wrapped up in a blanket in a zookeeper's arms

Adorable footage shows her hiccuping while wrapped up in a blanket in a zookeeper’s arms

Almost any animal with this kind of breathing system can suffer the same result, including all mammals. 

Kittens often get hiccups although they don’t make much noise, while adult cats and dogs sometimes do if they eat too fast.

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