Monarto Zoo’s female chimpanzee Soona died while giving birth to her first infant – Boon – leaving him orphaned. It is unclear why Soona died but it is thought to be from complications associated with childbirth.
But what happened next shocked keepers.
“Miraculously, Soona’s infant has survived and expectant female Zombi is currently caring for it,” keepers said on Facebook this week.
And in another post the zoo said Boon was “thriving under the tender care of his adopted mum Zombi”.
“We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support we have received over the last few days. It is deeply touching and means a great deal to all those that are so close to the Monarto Chimpanzee family.”
Monarto Zoo, about an hour south east of Adelaide, is the largest open-range zoo in the world and is home to more than 500 animals and 50 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.