Endangered ape born in Chicago zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes white-cheeked gibbon
Friday, January 07, 2011
There's a new set of proud parents in Chicago, and they're going absolutely bananas over their new arrival.
Burma, a critically endangered white-cheeked gibbon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, gave birth to a healthy infant on Thursday. Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy says the parents are doing well and the infant, which has not yet been named, is "a good size with a tight grip."
This is the third offspring for Burma and father Caruso. Scientists believe that white-cheeked gibbons mate for life.
You can visit the new arrival at the zoo's Helen Brach Primate House. Find Burma and you'll find her baby: newborns remain tucked into their mother's arms for comfort and safety.