Pregnant mum stunned when baby orangutan repeatedly kissed her bump

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A pregnant mum was stunned when a baby orangutan repeatedly kissed her bump through the glass at a zoo.

Naomi Davies, 34, was visiting Twycross Zoo with her fiancé Ben Billingham, 40, when they stopped by the monkey enclosure.

To her amazement, a baby orangutan climbed on an adult monkey's back and lunged for the glass, to repeatedly kissed her pregnant stomach.

Support worker Ben started filming the special moment as Naomi, who was four months pregnant at the time.

She said she was incredibly moved by the sweet connection between the orangutan and her baby.

Nursing assistant Naomi, from Gloucester, said: "It was really lovely!

"We'd been to that zoo once before and absolutely loved it, but this trip was actually the first time I'd seen an orangutan in a zoo.

"The mum orangutan brought her baby over to the glass and they were watching us.

"My partner Ben said to try showing her my baby bump as he'd seen interactions from orangutans before.

"I was a bit overwhelmed as my bump was very small and with the glass in between, I wasn't expecting them to be aware of the pregnancy but then the baby started kissing my bump.

"It was really lovely - I was quite emotional! 

"Seeing the mother and baby together both being interested in me made me realise the connection between a mother and child."

Since the beautiful moment in June 2019, Naomi has given birth to daughter Constance and is loving being a mother. 

She plans to take Constance back to Twycross Zoo in Little Orton, Leicestershire, soon so her little girl can properly meet the orangutan.

Naomi added: "We love the zoo anyway, but I want to see if they come over again and if they recognise Constance!"

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