Nature is truly majestic. Left to its own devices, the world manages to work together in perfect harmony, and animals thrive. And one of the biggest miracles of the natural world has to be birth.
But one rather unusual birth video has truly captured the internet's heart. The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust managed to capture something on camera that had never been filmed before - the birth of a baby orangutan. 25-year-old Dana's first moments of motherhood have been shared online for the world to see, and it's a truly incredible watch.
Dana had heartbreakingly suffered from complications before, giving birth to a stillborn and risking her own life. Following this pregnancy, the trust had considered her to be infertile. Until she met a 28-year-old male orangutan named Dagu, that is.
Although the camera was set up to capture the magical moment Dana gave birth, the trust decided to allow it to happen as naturally as possible. The camera was hidden, and Dana was left alone - although there was a group of medical professionals on standby to help if necessary.
As soon as her baby is out, it's clear Dana is taking to motherhood like a real natural. She immediately cradles her newborn, then begins to clean it off using her mouth. "She’s starting to remove the amniotic sac," an observer whispers.
As the cleaning process progresses, Dana's baby begins to wake up a little. The cries it emits are amazingly similar to those of a newborn human baby!
Offscreen, you can hear some more screeches and cries. These reportedly come from Dagu, the newborn's dad. How cute!
The next moments of the video are even more adorable, as Dana proudly brings her baby over to the observers to show it off. "This is amazing, she’s come to show us the baby – that is fantastic," one of the trust's workers explains.
The birth didn't just mark a monumental occasion for Dana, but for the Trust, too. Sumatran orangutans are a highly endangered species, so bringing a brand new one into the world is critical to help save the population. In honor of the enormity of the event, the Trust has named the baby Keajaiban, which means "miracle."