Hoax: Orangutang DID NOT Give Birth To Human Baby

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

An Oranugtang at a Tennesee zoo did not give birth to a human baby, contrary to reports circulating on the internet. Lucy, a 200 pound orangutang supposedly gave birth to a human baby girl. Although the story was filed from Nashville, it does not mention the actual name of the zoo or who the 'father' is.

The story claims the birth would be a devastating blow to creationists since one of their main criticisms of the Theory of Evolution is that they have never observed one species giving birth to another one and this human baby coming from a gorilla would prove once and for all that humans can be descended from them.

The article quotes an unnamed evolutionary biologist as saying:

Until this birth there has been no evidence whatsoever to support the theory of evolution; it was nothing more than guesswork. But now we have for a fact that humans evolved from gorillas, we don't have to go around blindly following Darwin's teachings.

Of course the story is a total hoax: both websites publishing the news (Celebtricity and Now8News) are well known fake news sites that publish shocking, made up articles in order to get people to share them on social media.

The photo of the baby and the 'mother' was actually taken in July of 2007 and shows a baby being held in front of a glass walled Orangutang enclosure at Melbourne zoo in Australia.


Also, a real evolutionary biologist would know that according to current scientific understanding humans did not descend from gorillas or any other current ape or monkey species at all, but that they all share a common (now extinct) ancestor.

Note, this does not imply humans are the more intelligent species. In fact, if you look at the number of people sharing this 'news' online there is certainly still some room for improvement on the human intelligence front:

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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