Topeka Zoo Expecting Pitter-Patter Of Little Orangutan Feet

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Spring could bring a baby boom to the Topeka Zoo.

Sonograms were preformed Thursday on the zoo's two orangutans, Lena and Rudy. Friday, zoo officials revealed both results came up positive. The zoo expects to welcome two baby orangutans in late February or early March of next year.

Zoo director Brendan Wiley says these pregnancies are not only important for the Topeka Zoo but for orangutans everywhere.

"It's important to remember that they are endangered in the wild. They are becoming more threatened and more scarce," Wiley said. "The zoo really gets to make a difference through world wide conservation."

Dr. John Evans from Stormont-Vail and Topeka veterinarian Dr. Conner assisted in performing the sonograms on 30-year-old Lena and Rudy, who turns 27 next week.