ZOO BABY: Japanese Macaque Welcomed

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The Blank Park Zoo has a cute and cuddly new addition to brag about.

A female Japanese macaque was born April 20th and keepers are hand-raising her after she was rejected by her mother. The baby has to be bottle-fed every few hours until she’s weaned around the age of six months.

“This is a positive step forward for the Japanese macaque breeding program, but we can’t call it a success until the mothers learn how to care for their young,” said Kevin Drees, director of animal care and conservation.

The baby won’t be on exhibit but the zoo has set up a web cam so people can still keep track of the adorable newcomer. She has been given several teddy bears to cuddle and hug, since wild macaque babies normally cling to their mothers.

The zoo is allowing people a chance to buy raffle tickets to help name the baby. Learn how to get tickets here.

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