When Soona, a chimpanzee at the Monarto Zoo in Australia, passed away giving birth, her baby was left an orphan.
But much to caretakers' surprise, another pregnant chimp, Zombi, saved and adopted the baby.
Upon learning of Soona's death, keepers found the infant chimp alive, "and in the arms of Soona's cohabitant, Zombi, who is just weeks from giving birth to her second baby," 9 News Adelaide reported.
“It’s unheard of to see a heavily pregnant Chimpanzee adopt an orphaned newborn infant," senior primate keeper Laura Hanley explained in a post on the zoo's website.
Hanley adds that Zombi is doing well in her new role: "From the minute she first cradled the newborn she's been amazing — grooming, supporting and nursing the little man as though he was her own."
The baby chimpanzee has since been named Boon, referring to the term 'blessing,' according to a Facebook post from the zoo.
The Monarto Zoo exists "to save species from extinction and connect people with nature," and its website provides many opportunities to get involved, from volunteering to donating to (making like Zombi) and partaking in animal adoption.
You can also follow Soona, Zombi, and Boon's story on the zoo's Facebook page.