Gober The Blind Orangutan Gives Birth To Twins In Sibolangit, Indonesia

By on Jan 28, 2011 in Animals, Asia, Science, World Comments
Gober and her twins in Sibolangit
Gober The Blind Orangutan With Her Twins
Image Credit: Binsar Bakkara/AP

Gober, an elderly female Sumatran orangutan reportedly gave birth to a healthy pair of twins on Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Quarantine Centre in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The twins which were said to be a boy and a girl were named Ganteng and Ginting respectively. Ganteng means “handsome.”

According to reports, both of their parents were blind. Gober lost her sight due to cataracts and was rescued in 2008 by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. The twins’ father Leuser was rescued after he was found outside a village far from a national forest in Jambi province with 62 air rifle shot wounds and several pellets lodged in his eyes that caused him to be sightless.

Ian Singleton, director of conservation for the Swiss-based Pan Eco Foundation said that they normally prevent orangutans breeding at the center. However, they decided to make an exception because they believed that having babies to care for would dramatically help improve the mother’s quality of life.

Gober was said to be capable to care for the babies herself and if necessary, vets and staff are ready to step in to assist her.

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