Baby Orangutan Smiles for Cameras After Risky Birth

Orangutan Born at Zoo Atlanta After Emergency C-Section
Orangutan at Zoo Atlanta
Atlanta Zoo/Splash News Online

updated 03/01/2013 at 02:00 PM EST

originally published 03/01/2013 04:00PM

This orangutan has plenty to smile about – and he knows it!

The 6-week-old male, a baby Sumatran orangutan, was born Jan. 14 at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta after his mother, Blaze, went into labor unexpectedly. Following an emergency C-section, the adorable ape struggled to survive – but eventually pulled through and has since made a full recovery.

Though he has yet to be named, he is getting to know his fellow orangutans at the zoo's habitat, including Mom. The baby and Blaze were reintroduced after she recovered from the procedure.

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