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Texas zoo opens baby gift registry for expecting orangutans

Orangutans Mei (right) and KJ are expecting a baby in January.

Orangutans Mei (right) and KJ are expecting a baby in January.  (Courtesy Cameron Park Zoo)

If you want a baby in your life but now’s just not the right time, here’s your chance to spoil a newborn without all the work.

Mei and KJ, two orangutans at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas have their very own gift registry for the baby ape they’re expecting in January.

There are over 400 items available online through Target, ranging from movies like “The Princess Bride” and “Frozen”, classic kids’ books like “Good Night Moon” and Dr. Suess’ “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?”, and even albums by Dolly Parton, Adele and Simon and Garfunkel. There are also more traditional baby items listed like plush toys, clothes, bedding, baby monitors, towels and a spinning crib mobile.

Feeling especially generous? The expectant couple is also asking for a GoPro HERO Session for $200. A true ape lover could consider buying the pricey item on the condition that the zoo sets up a 24-hour baby orangutan webcam.

The zoo recently purchased an ultrasound machine after successfully raising $65,000 through a fundraising campaign. A video featuring a heartbeat of Mei's baby has garnered over 2,600 views on Facebook.

Think Cameron Park Zoo keepers are just going to monkey around with the gifts?

The astute apes will actually be enjoying the haul themselves— keepers like to hide treats between book pages for the animals to find, the orangutans reportedly like watching movies and the music will be enjoyed by all the zoo animals.

Duane McGregor, a representative for Cameron Park, says the registry has been so popular, everything on the original list was quickly purchased so they added hundreds of new items Monday. 

And if you want to spoil the orangutans in person, the zoo is hosting a baby shower on Dec. 18 near the orangutan exhibit. Human guests will be able to enjoy cake and each person who brings a gift will have a chance to win a behind the scenes tour of the expectant animals’ habitat.

The zoo says the orangutans will paint thank you notes for every single person who donates a gift and the zookeepers will sign them.

Mei is due Jan. 24 and the zoo plans on keeping a maternity watch about 10 days before. Zoo staff will monitor Mei 24 hours a day and the veterinarian will be on call, ready to deliver the new addition.