Mummy's little girl: Emma the orangutan holds newborn daughter close after giving birth at Chester Zoo

Proud mother: Emma, a Sumatran orangutan, looks at the camera as she cradles her newborn daughter

This baby orangutan may have been born in captivity but that hasn't stopped her mother from holding her close.
Emma, the Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to her daughter three days ago and has not let her out of her sight since.
The, as yet unnamed, newborn is the latest addition to the Realm of the Red Ape exhibit at Chester Zoo which houses a group of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.

Emma who was also born at the zoo, in 1987, gazes lovingly at the newest addition to the family

These adorable images show the tenderness and love that Emma bestows on her daughter.
She cradles her newborn in her arms while looking proudly at the camera before another photograph captures her gazing lovingly at the baby orangutan.
Not one for missing the action, however, the infant manages to poke her head out from underneath her mother's fur to see what is going on around her.
She looks straight at the lens before something catches her attention and she looks away.

Peek-a-boo! Emma holds her unnamed three-day-old baby close to her body at Chester Zoo

Sumatran orangutans originally come from the Island of Sumatra in Indonesia and live in tropical and subtropical forests in the lowlands as well as in mountainous areas up to a height of 1500m.
When fully grown, they can measure up to 1.4 metres tall and weigh up to 90 kilogrammes.
Orangutans are the only great ape found outside of Africa.
Their numbers in the wild have decreased from more than 12,000 in the mid 1990s to just 6,500 in recent years.

A mother's love: The unnamed baby orangutan gazes up at the camera from the safety of it's mother's protective embrace

source: dailymail