Baby Births At Zoo Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s not every day an endangered baby white cheeked gibbon makes a debut at a zoo—but Wednesday was the day for Tualang, a gibbon just over three-weeks old.
Born to Henry, a nine-year-old male from the Minnesota Zoo, and Millie, an 11-year-old female on loan from the Bronx Zoo, the baby’s gender has yet to be positively determined but he or she was named after a Malaysian tree.
White cheeked gibbons, which are endangered, are found in the canopy of tropical forests in Southeast Asia. They diet consists of a variety of fruits, leaves, and occasional insects.
White cheeked gibbons are monogamous animals known for their high-pitched territorial calls that can be heard over great distances. The use their long arms to swing through the trees and, contrary to popular belief, are not monkeys but rather lesser apes due in part to the lack of tail.
The infant and its parents will make daily limited appearances on exhibit which they share with Orangutans until zoo staff feels that they have adjusted properly and can remain outside for the entire day.