A clip released by Philadelphia Zoo has unveiled an Old World Monkey’s e.n.d.a.n.g.e.r.e.d species : François’ langur. First-time-mother-monkey Mei Mei gave birthed the baby monkey named Quý Báu (pronounced Qwee-bow, which means “Precious” in Vietnamese.. This marks the first time a François’ langur is birthed at the zoo. But she i.g.n.o.r.e.d the little creature’s existence at first. To save the baby monkey’s life, zoo keepers took her to the zoo’s animal hospital and gave Quý Báu a cosy bath and fed her with a feeding bottle.
According the to footage, Quý Báu holds the zoo staff’s hand when she takes her to the animal bathtub with a chill face. Then, the staff uses a dryer and wraps her into a towel to keep her warm.
Philadelphia Zoo welcomes her on Facebook: “We’re SO EXCITED to introduce the newest member of our Zoo family: a baby François’ langur!
This little girl was born on December 13 to first time mom and dad Mei Mei and Chester. This is the first birth of this species at the Zoo.
When she was first born, our team noticed Mei Mei wasn’t attending to her, which isn’t uncommon for first time moms. So our vet staff took the baby to the animal hospital for a warming bath and some food.”
Afterwards, Quý Báu’s parents, Mei Mei and Chester, have re-bonded with her. The little family is making a real home now.
In the latest post, Philadelphia Zoo explains: “In François’ langur groups, females other than mom often act as “aunts” and carry the baby around. Mei Mei’s sister Ling started doing this when Quý Báu was about a week old. Our team says Ling is gentle with the baby and always returns her to mom whenever mom asks her to.”
Quý Báu’s fur is orange, which is believed by scientists that helps mother monkeys to keep track of their children when they move from aunt-to-aunt. Baby François’ langur will gradually turn black and completely black when they reach 6–8 months old.