Denver Zoo's new orangutan Eirina has already met new mate Bernas

Posted at 10:16 AM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 12:55:47-04

DENVER -- The Denver Zoo's newest resident is an 8-year-old, female Sumatran orangutan.

Eirina arrived last week from Germany’s Zoo Dortmund.

Zookeepers hope she will breed with 14-year-old Bernas, better know as “Junie.”

"The two were introduced over the weekend and are already getting along well," the Denver Zoo said in a statement sent to Denver7. "Zookeepers say Eirina offered Bernas treats when they were in adjacent rooms. When the door separating them first opened, Eirina chose to go to Bernas and they greeted each other with a hug."

Zookeeper said Eirina is very playful and say she loves covering herself with blankets.

Visitors can see Eirina in the Great Apes building in the Zoo’s Primate Panorama.


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