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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zoo Atlanta orangutan suffers from pre-partum depression

There are few occasions more joyous than the announcement that a mother is with-child and will soon spurt forth into the world a little bundle of joy — especially when the bundle will be covered from head-to-toe in orange hair because it's an orangutan.

Blaze, a 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan at Zoo Atlanta, is preggies and from the looks of things, the only person (or ape with person face) who isn't happy about it is Blaze, the 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan. Warning: if you look at this picture too long, you'll weep.

Never has an ape looked more like it was contemplating abortion, has it? Why so blue, baby? Worried about the cost of diapers? The prospect of saving for college tuition? Sure, you're an unwed, 16-year-old mother, but it'll all be worth it when you look into your little one's eyes and experience true unconditional love for the very first time (I watch a lot of "Teen Mom").

Jokes about that beautiful-if-forlorn-looking creature aside, the Zoo says Blaze — who was impregnated by a 33-year-old named Benny — will be monitored during her pregnancy because her first baby passed away shortly after birth. She's been trained to get voluntary ultrasounds (that sounds like a contradiction) so vets can keep an eye on her gestation.

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