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Buffalo Zoo welcomes baby snow monkey

by jmaloni

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Sat, Sep 13th 2014 09:10 am

The Buffalo Zoo's latest addition, a baby Japanese macaque, is now on exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave.

The baby was born to 16-year-old mother Debbi on Aug. 30. The baby's father is 8-year-old Ketu, who has had one other offspring. This baby is Debbi's fourth.

Debbi is proving to be a nurturing and protective mother. Keepers have not yet been able to get close enough to determine the baby's gender.

Debbi and her baby are on exhibit daily at 3 p.m. in the zoo's "Vanishing Animals" exhibit.

Japanese macaques are often referred to as snow monkeys because their natural habitat is in the snowy mountain regions of Japan. The wild population of snow monkeys is threatened by the replacement of natural forests in Japan with lumber plantations and other developments.

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