The paternity of a baby orangutan born at the Denver Zoo was a mystery to staff — so they turned to paternity testing expert Maury Povich.
Povich,is best known for where paternity tests were revealed to surprised guests. The segment usually ended in one of two ways, with Povich saying “you are does not the father” or “you is the father.”
The orangutan Siska is four months old, but it was unclear whether her father was 30-year-old Berani or 16-year-old Jaya, the zoo said on X.
On Monday, the zoo revealed it was settling the paternity dispute. “The DNA results are in and we are happy to share that we now know who Siska’s father is,” the zoo said in a post on X. “Stay tuned tomorrow for this special announcement from an extra special guest .”
The special guest, of course, was Povich, who filmed himself opening the results in a tuxedo. “Fresh off receiving the Daytime Emmy’s Lifetime Achievement Honor, Maury Povich is here to help us announce the paternity results of Siska, our four-month-old Sumatran orangutan,” the zoo wrote on X Tuesday.
As he would on his own show, Povich amped up the drama when he opened a manilla envelope with the results. “This is really important,” he said. “When it comes to the orangutan – 4 month old Siska – Bernai, you ARE the father.” The zoo even mimicked the show by sharing a split screen with Berani and Jaya’s photos and the zoo staff cheering on the results, as would Povich’s audience.
Just days before lending his services to the zoo, Povich spoke on the Daytime Emmys red carpet about his legacy after delivering paternity test results. “They will remember, ‘you are the father, you are not the father,'” he said Entertainment tonight. “That’s what they’ll remember.”
Povich, 84, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. His show “Maury” ended in 2022 after 31 years.
He told Entertainment Tonight that people will ask him to say his iconic line when they meet him on the street. “Well, I react very positively because if you’re on television every day and nobody recognizes you, you’re in trouble,” he said. “I’ve always been very generous with my time in public because I believe in it.”