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Bronx Zoo's new baboon is a bundle of monkey energy

By: CBS 21 Web Staff
Photo: Julie Larsen Maher
Video: Wildlife Conservation Society

BRONX, New York
-- For the first time in 13 years, a gelada monkey was born in a U.S. Zoo, and it's a bubbling, bouncing boy.

"This is an exciting birth for the Bronx Zoo and our visitors," said Jim Breheny, director of Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Zoo, where the male gelada was born last fall.

Geladas are a species of old world monkey, sometimes called "bleeding heart baboons" for the characteristic red patch on their chests. The zoo's Baboon Reserve, where geladas have lived since 1990, is representative of the monkeys' natural habitats in the Ethiopian highlands.

When this playful baby is visible to the public varies daily, depending on weather, temperature, and other envrionmental factors. The Bronx Zoo is the only one in the U.S. to boast geladas.

You can see more video of the bouncing baboon baby here.

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