Zookeeper Cures Orangutan’s Morning Sickness With Pregnancy Tea

Orangutan's Morning Sickness is Cured by Pregnancy Tea

Photo: Denver Zoo

Anyone who has gone through pregnancy knows that it's not an easy time. This doesn't apply to just humans either. An orangutan named Eirina at the Denver Zoo was having difficulty with her first pregnancy and even experiencing morning sickness. Fortunately, a quick-thinking zookeeper had just the thing to help her feel better.

Animal Care Specialist Cindy C. remembered that during her own pregnancy, a certain tea aided her upset stomach. So, she prescribed the same antidote to Eirina. “As this is Eirina’s first pregnancy, our animal care specialists are carefully monitoring her to ensure everything goes smoothly for our mom-to-be and her new bundle of joy,” the Denver Zoo says. “Early in her pregnancy, they noticed she wasn’t feeling well in the morning and was showing signs of morning sickness. Our animal care and health teams decided to try giving Eirina a special pregnancy tea to help soothe her tummy.”

The Denver Zoo team made sure that the concoction was safe for Eirina to drink before offering her a cup, complete with a straw. A video on Instagram shows that the ape was all too happy to sip the drink, and came back again and again for more of the beverage. “We’re happy to share that this tea has worked wonders!” the Denver Zoo shares. “After her morning tea, Eirina is more active and seems to feel better throughout the day. This just so happens to be the same tea that Animal Care Specialist Cindy C. drank when she was pregnant, so she’s delighted that this remedy is helping Eirina feel better as well.”

Eirina, an orangutan at the Denver Zoo, was suffering from morning sickness so a zookeeper gave her pregnancy tea which worked wonders.


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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