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WATCH: The National Zoo Does Live Ultrasound to Announce Orangutan Pregnancy

The expecting parents: Batang, left, and Kyle, right. Photograph by Ann Batdorf, Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo just announced the pregnancy of Batang, a 19-year-old Bornean orangutan, live on Facebook.

This will be the first pregnancy of a Bornean orangutan, an endangered species, at the National Zoo in 25 years. Batang and her mate, Kyle, bred in January, and the baby orangutan is expected to be born in mid-September.

Watch the live-stream below:

Visitors can see the Zoo’s six orangutans daily at the Great Ape House and the Think Tank.

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