NORFOLK, Virginia — A baby orangutan at the Virginia Zoo has come down with a serious infection, prompting around-the-clock care.
Sofie is just a little over one after being born last July to Dara and Solaris. Staffers say she suddenly became very ill on Monday, Nov. 11 and has been under intensive treatment and support.
The zoo says young orangutans are much more susceptible to disease since their immune systems are still developing.
Sofie's care team has been consulting with other zoos that care for young orangutans to determine the best possible treatment for her infection.
She's being cared for with several antibiotics, fluids and other medications, but staffers aren't sure if the treatment will be successful depending on how the disease progresses.
Her mother, Dara, is able to see Sofie and watch as keepers take care of her.