Indianapolis Zoo welcomes new orangutan and her baby

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Zoo has welcomed two new orangutans!

A 38-year-old orangutan named Kim and her baby 9-month-old baby Max moved to the Circle City from the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi.

Officials say the mother and son were struggling in Jackson. Kim was overweight and Max was showing signs of slow development when they arrived.

Since their move, the zoo says Kim has steadily lost weight and increased her mobility, while Max’s appetite, activity and coordination have increased.

The small family will move into the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center soon, but officials say they will probably not be seen right away. The duo will first be introduced to other orangutans like Knobi, who is known for her ability to help care for a baby.

The zoo says Kim will make her way out into their atrium with Max when she feels comfortable.