He cut the umbilical cord of a female orangutan when she gave birth to her second son in 2000.
And this is why he loves his job as a zookeeper, said Mr Kumaran Sesshe, who has been working with orangutans in the Singapore Zoo for the past 18 years.
Mr Kumaran, 42, told The New Paper: “Every day is a fun-filled one. It’s exciting. “It’s not an 8am to 5pm job where I just send e-mails and stay in the office.”
He added: “Animals behave differently. One day, I could come to work and there could be a pregnant female orangutan (giving birth).”
And even though Veera the “baby” orangutan was sent to Zoo Taiping for a long-term breeding loan in March, Mr Kumaran still keeps in contact with the curators to find out how he is. Participants of The New Paper Courts Big Walk can look out for the orangutans in their new free-ranging area. The area includes vines, hammocks and treetops for the orangutans to swing and hang around freely.