A pair of primates turned parents are celebrating the birth of their white-cheeked offspring: a delightfully cute gibbon baby born recently in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
The first of its species to be bred and born within the Bronx Zoo, the adorable creature is the offspring of a female gibbon named Christine and her male counterpart Milton. The proud parents welcomed their little one on November 24, 2012.
An article by The New York Times writes that Christine, also referred to as Kicks, is well acquainted with the ways of monkey motherhood. This is the 35-year-old mammal’s eleventh time giving birth. On the other hand, 15-year-old papa Milton will be experiencing fatherhood for the first time.
The gibbon family is part of a rainforest habitat exhibit called JungleWorld at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo location. Visitors can peek in on the new family in the space they share with fellow white-cheeked gibbons and various small monkey species, according to the Daily News.
Colleen McCann, the Bronx Zoo’s curator of mammals, had positive things to say about Christine and Milton’s new bundle of joy:
“It seems to be very healthy and strong. Everything seems to be going very well.”
Zookeepers have yet to publicly announce the gender or name of the white-cheeked baby gibbon. If you can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the jaw-dropping cuteness exuding from the newborn, you can sneak a look at the video below: