BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek welcomed a new member to its family on Halloween with the birth of a new Colobus monkey.
It’s the first primate born at the zoo in nearly five years, a news release said Thursday.
Parents Usi and Nairobi created the baby, whose gender hasn’t been determined yet.
“Baby monkeys are born with their eyes open and a strong grip, which they need to cling to mom,” said Kelsey Miller, lead keep at Binder Park Zoo. “We’re really happy that this little one is alert, appears healthy and is demonstrating a good grip.”
Nairobi has been a calm and attentive mother while Isu has been protective of them both, Miller added.
Colobus monkeys have been at Binder Park Zoo since 1998.
The current troop consists of three monkeys: Usi, Nairobi and a female named Puddin’.