There are seven new baby animals at the zoo and they’re the absolute cutest things you’ve ever seen.
This winter baby boom at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium started on January 26 with the arrival of five, perfect otter pups. The Asian small-clawed otter pups were born to first-time parents, Gus and Peanut. There are 3 males and 2 females in the litter.
Asian small-clawed otters are native to coastal regions from southern India to Southeast Asia, but Gus and Peanut came to Columbus via The Bronx Zoo and the Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle) respectively.
A couple of weeks after those cuties arrived, they were joined by a female silvered leaf langur baby on February 16. The baby, who was born to parents Patty and Thai, is doing great. When you go to see her at the zoo, you won’t be able to miss her as langurs are born bright orange.
The adult langurs have black fur and silvered tips and the difference in coat color is believed to encourage other female langurs to help raise young that aren’t their offspring. That practice is known as “allomothering”, a very “It takes a village…” mentality.
The winter baby boom came to an end on February 19 when a baby Humboldt penguin hatched. Her Majesty Gertrude Sprinklebottom, Gertrude for short, was laid by Katja and Hans. Her upbringing, however, is in the capable wings of duo Asela and Chirriante who are fostering her.
Gertrude was the 30th Humboldt chick to hatch at the zoo and she’s already doing great. All of the recent births at the zoo are exciting, but not just because they’re so adorable. Creating genetic diversity will help to further enhance the sustainability of animal species, some of whom are at risk or threatened in their native ranges.