Friday, January 11, 2008

Valley Zoo Welcomes New Gibbon

gibbon penelopeA new addition was introduced today at Edmonton’s Valley Zoo – an endangered baby gibbon named Penelope.

The white-handed gibbon was born Dec. 9 to Julia and Chan.

Veterinarians had to perform an emergency caesarian section because the umbilical cord was wrapped around Penelope's neck.

Julia couldn't carry Penelope after birth because of the incision on her stomach, so she's being raised by zookeeper Andi Sime.

Born at 401 grams and now weighing 551 grams, three hour feedings have plumped Penelope up and veterinarians are pleased with her development.

Story here.

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