I've written here many times about the attention I received from strangers when I was pregnant: Carrying twins, my belly got quite large, apparently making me a spectacle and a target for gawkers' comments on the street. I was not okay with that.
Of course, I was hardly the first or only pregnant woman to garner unsolicited attention from strangers thanks to my belly. This kind of attention is frequently unwanted and unwelcome.
But today, I'm here to bring you a story about a pregnant woman who got attention that turned out to be pretty amazing—and pretty darned cute too!
It seems a zoo animal in England is particularly interested in baby bumps: A YouTube video shows an orangutan at the Colchester Zoo approaching the glass where a pregnant visitor has come to observe. That's when the animal appears to form his mouth into kisses for the 37-week belly of the mama-to-be! (The orangutan showed no interest in her husband, by the way!) See the video here:
Apparently the 47-year-old male orangutan, whose name is Rajang, has made a habit of showing affection for pregnant ladies: According to CNN, another visitor said he did the same thing to her pregnant belly, even before she knew she was expecting. (A pregnancy test she took later that day confirmed it.) Coincidence? Possibly. But I like thinking of it as one sweet and cute exception to the no-gawking rule!
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Alesandra Dubin is a mom to one-year-old boy-girl twins. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.