Baby chimpanzee born at Sedgwick County Zoo
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sedgwick County Zoo has welcomed a new baby boy chimpanzee.
A chimpanzee named Mahale gave birth to the baby at 12:48 p.m. on Nov. 15, via c-section. The zoo says that after laboring through the morning, the animal care team noticed changes in her progress, and the decision was made to intervene surgically.
They say that Mahale is recovering very well behind the scenes. The baby received treatment and bottle feedings from the animal care team overnight due to low oxygen levels.
"As of this morning, he is doing very well and the team feels that he’ll be ready to be reunited with mom very soon," the zoo said in a press release. "Mom and baby will remain behind the scenes until it’s clear that they are both healthy and bonded."
This is the third offspring of Mahale, 28, and an important birth for the chimpanzee population. Chimpanzees are listed as endangered and wild populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and poaching for bushmeat.