Baby Orangutan Smiles for Cameras After Risky Birth

Orangutan at Zoo Atlanta

Atlanta Zoo/Splash News Online

updated 03/01/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 03/01/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET

This orangutan has plenty to smile about – and he knows it!

The 6-week-old male, a baby Sumatran orangutan, was born Jan. 14 at Georgia’s Zoo Atlanta after his mother, Blaze, went into labor unexpectedly. Following an emergency C-section, the adorable ape struggled to survive – but eventually pulled through and has since made a full recovery.

Though he has yet to be named, he is getting to know his fellow orangutans at the zoo’s habitat, including Mom. The baby and Blaze were reintroduced after she recovered from the procedure.