Cincinnati Zoo's First Baby of 2017 Will Melt Your Heart

StoryfulPublished: January 18, 201712 views
Published: January 18, 2017

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens welcomed its first baby of 2017 recently, a guereza colobus, a type of monkey the zoo said was once thought to be abnormal because it has no thumbs or only a stub.

Video released on Wednesday, January 18, shows the baby, still unnamed, bonding with first-time-mom Adanna. The gender of the baby has yet to be determined. Mom and baby are expected to stay behind the scenes for bonding during the cold months and can be seen by visitors later this year.

Guereza colobus are born snowy white with pink faces and blue eyes, which makes it easy for the mothers and families to see them in their native dense African rainforest canopies, the zoo said in its press release. The babies turn to the full adult coloration by around six months. The monkeys spend the majority of their time in trees and are entirely vegetarian. Their biggest threat is habitat loss, according to the zoo.

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