COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is welcoming a new addition to its family of howler monkeys.
The baby was born around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Zookeepers said the baby and its mom, 3-year-old Charlie, are bonding quickly and appear to be in good health.
The baby has not yet been named, and zookeepers likely won't know its sex for months.
Zookeepers said within moments of her baby’s birth, Charlie was cradling and grooming the baby, even softly patting the back of the baby’s head as she held it.
“We watch for certain indicators that the baby is strong,” the zoo said in a statement. “We like to see them grasp on to their mother’s fur and for their tails to wrap around their mother’s arms or nearby branches. Nursing is the ultimate sign that the mother and baby are doing well. We’re seeing all of those things, so we’re excited it’s going so well.”
Zoo guests can see Charlie and her baby in their exhibit in Monkey Pavilion. Charlie's mate, 3-year-old black howler monkey Howie, is in the same space, but seems most content keeping his distance for now, according to zookeepers.
"Keepers will keep a close eye on Charlie and her baby, and will be happy to share their joy with members and guests who come to visit," the zoo said.