Posted at: 07/12/2013 8:56 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 10:46 PM
The Lake Superior Zoo unexpectedly received a new baby monkey, they announced Friday.
The mom, Kelly, is an Angolan Colobus Monkey. Primate keepers didn't notice the baby until the end of June.
Even though they had been monitoring Kelly's weight, zookeepers didn't know she was pregnant.
When asked about the surprise birth, Thompson stated in a press release, “We had the breeding recommendation approved through the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and were monitoring Kelly’s weight each month. In early April and May she had gained weight. In early June, she had lost a pound. The baby’s arrival is a nice surprise. We were hopeful because of the possibility, but not immediately expecting this birth.”
The Lake Superior Zoo says the sex of the newborn is unknown at the time.
Also on exhibit with Kelly, age 15, and the new addition are “Kramer”, age 17, who fathered the young monkey and “Kero”, Kelly’s daughter born in December 2002 at the Lake Superior Zoo. Since the birth, the troop has been monitored closely by zoo staff and volunteers.