Christmas Comes Early at the El Paso Zoo!
Siamang Parents taking care of New Baby!
The El Paso Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a baby Siamang! The small black ape, a member of the gibbon family, was born on December 2nd. Recently, the (proud) parents showed off their baby outside for the first time. Excited Zoo employees watched as Mama Siamang was cradling the baby in her soft fur and the baby started nursing. Siamangs are very family-oriented and many mate for life. It was obvious that the Papa was protective and attentive toward his mate and their new baby. In showing his concern for both Mama and the baby, the Papa stayed very close to them the entire time and was seen taking the hand of Mama Siamang and leading her along as she carried the baby. When Siamangs walk - they walk upright like people, but have to hold their arms in the air to help balance themselves.
Weather permitting; our female Siamang will be with her new baby for the public to see on a limited basis - depending on when Mama Siamang wants to venture out into the open. For the next few months, the baby will typically only be on exhibit when the weather is nice and warm. So, if you don't see them the first time - be sure to come back! To view video of the new baby Siamang, visit the following link: http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_7723288
Click here to read some SIAMANG DETAILS.
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