BERLIN (AP) â€” A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.
Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasnâ€™t fathered by the male in her enclosure.
Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered great apes are part of a breeding program.
Researchers at Basel Universityâ€™s forensic laboratory compared Padmaâ€™s DNA to that of Budi, a 14-year-old male living in the same enclosure as the babyâ€™s mother, Maja.
They found it didnâ€™t match Budiâ€™s DNA. Instead, it matched 18-year-old orangutan Vendel, who lives in the next enclosure.
It appears that for Maja and Vendel, the dominant male at Basel Zoo, the dividing fence was no obstacle to some monkey business.
Basel Zoo: https://www.zoobasel.ch/en/aktuell/index.php