Ask any woman who's breastfed her baby in public, and she'll tell you that she's gotten plenty of stares. But those glances more than likely came from fellow humans.
For Elizabeth Hunt Burrett, who nursed her baby boy during a trip to the Melbourne Zoo in Australia, her gawker wasn't some middle-aged man mumbling, "That's disgusting!" It was simply an intrigued orangutan.
"My 13-week-old got hungry while we were in the orangutan enclosure, so I took him into a quiet corner away from the crowd to feed," the mom of two wrote on Facebook. "Then this happened . . . This mummy came to investigate, and she watched the whole feed. It was the most beautiful thing!"
The photo shows the female primate sitting right against the glass, hand on head, staring intently at the nursing session in progress.
Burrett recalled that her original plan to breastfeed in a tucked-away corner was quickly dashed.
"Now everyone in Melbourne has a picture of me feeding as once one person saw what was going on, the word spread fast and they flocked to see what was happening," wrote the woman, noting that she received not a single negative comment from onlookers. "I felt like I was on exhibit!"
Yet another thing she and the orangutan have in common.