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First Indianapolis Zoo babies of 2021 are a pair of macaque

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 20:29:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed its first two babies of the year last week.

According to a post on the Indianapolis Zoo's website, long-tailed macaque Glenda welcomed a new baby on New Year's Day. It is the first baby for 6-year-old Glenda, zoo officials said.

Two days later, the zoo welcomed a second baby when 7-year-old macaque Kathy gave birth to her second baby. Kathy's other baby, Chi, is still part of the troop.

Zoo officials said that after a pregnancy of 5.5 months to six months, female long-tailed macaques give birth to a single baby. Weighing less than a pound, a newborn macaque will cling tightly to its mother's stomach for protection.

Officials don't yet know the gender of either baby as they are staying close to their mothers. Zoo veterinarians recently confirmed the macaque born on Nov. 17, 2020 to 10-year-old macaque Momba is a girl. Zookeepers have named her Juniper. Momba has two other daughters, Cynde and Java, who are also still part of the troop.