A breastfeeding mum has had an amazing connection with two orangutans at the Melbourne Zoo.

Celebrating her three-year-old daughter’s birthday at the zoo on Sunday, Mum Elizabeth found a little corner to breastfeed her 13-week-old son Eli in private.

Well, she thought it was private until two orangutans came over to watch.

“I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breastfeeding and this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on,” she told 774 ABC Melbourne. “It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while.

Image source: Facebook/ABC Melbourne
Image source: Facebook/ABC Melbourne

“And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod.”

Elizabeth said that she felt the nod was significant and an emotional tie between herself and the orangutans was formed.  The fact that she had been unable to breastfeed her first child made the moment all the more poignant.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don’t know. It was just amazing.”

A small crowd gathered to witness the encounter as other zoo patrons noticed what was happening.

“They were all just in awe of what was going on,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s mother took a photo of the experience, which was shared on Facebook.


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  • lol it is funny that she wanted some privacy but ended up with a crowd watching her lol


  • It is amazing how other species can recognise and engage with humans.


  • How beautiful is that. Fantastic photos


  • A connection which is not surprising – being a mum and feeding a baby is nature at its best.

    • Photos that they will treasure and talk about forever.


  • Oh! That’s so cute! What a great experience!! There was surely connection there!


  • So cute, it’s amazing that even animals can truely appreciate a mother breastfeeding get child , better then a lot of humans.


  • That is astounding. I reokon Elizabeth got a big surprise when she realised she had an unique observer.


  • A very special and natural moment. Wonderful photos.


  • That is a beautiful moment. Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing this experience with us. There is something words can not describe when you make a connection with an animal.


  • Lke it


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