Kicker: Monkey business


NICK EICHER, HOST: Zookeepers uncovered a little monkey business at Basel Zoo in Switzerland last week.

The zoo recently welcomed a baby orangutan by the name of Padma into the world.

And they thought a 14-year-old male living in her enclosure, an orangutan named Budi was the daddy.

But zookeepers were in for a surprise.

They routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered animals are part of a breeding program.

But the paternity test revealed Budi was not the father.

Which was a surprise. See, Budi was the only male in the enclosure!

More testing revealed that the baby’s real father lives next door.

The 18-year-old orangutan named Vendel in the adjacent enclosure is the dominant male at the zoo and the dividing fence, apparently, wasn’t enough to stop him.

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(Zoo Basel via AP) In this undated photo, released Thursday Jan. 31, 2019, by Zoo Basel, zoo keepers routinely take DNA samples from female orangutan cub Padma to determine her paternity at the Basel Zoo. 

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