When Elizabeth Hunt Burrett was looking for somewhere to breastfeed at the zoo, she didn’t expect to become one of the attractions…
But it wasn’t visitors to the zoo that were after an eyeful – it was the two orangutans watching her intently.
“This orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on,” mum-of-2 Elizabeth told radio station 775 ABC Melbourne.
Elizabeth had been visiting Australia’s Melbourne Zoo to celebrate her older daughter’s birthday when her 13-week-old got hungry near the orangutan enclosure.
“I took him into a quiet corner away from the crowd to feed, then this happened…” she wrote – sharing the story on her Facebook page along with a picture showing an orangutan staring through the glass.
“This mummy came to investigate and she watched the whole feed. It was the most beautiful thing!!!”
“It started off with just one, and then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older than [the first one] and kind of shooed [the first one] off. And she came over and gave me a bit of a nod, and then she went off and the other one came back and just watched the whole feed.”
Elizabeth told the radio station that she felt the older orangutan was nodding her approval. “I felt so proud and I felt like she was proud of me… It was absolutely amazing,” The mum shared the fact that she’d found breastfeeding difficult and hadn’t been able to breastfeed her first child.
And of course, once some of the other zoo visitors spotted what was going on, she began getting some of the attention.
“Once one person saw what was going on, there was a bit of crowd. That was kind of awkward, but no one said anything negative — they were all just in awe of what was going on. I’m very happy to report that there was not one nasty comment made about me feeding in public.”