Orang-utan twins: Bono and Suma
Bono and Suma, Melbourne Zoo orang-utan twins, 1978
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In 1978 twins Bono and Suma were born to Olga at the Melbourne Zoo. At the time, they were one of only five sets of orang-utan twins born in captivity across the world.
Bono and Suma's mother Olga became very ill soon after their birth and the twins were hand raised by a team of zoo staff, headed by keeper Uli Weiher. Another orang-utan, Girlie, became a foster mother to the two young primates after the death of their mother.
The orang-utan twins became media darlings, with the press and public being fascinated with the work that went on behind the scenes at the zoo.
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