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Columbus Zoo records first mandrill birth

Columbus Zoo records first mandrill birth
Posted September 13th, 2013 @ 3:35am by The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a new resident: a baby mandrill.

Officials announced Thursday the healthy 1.9-pound mandrill boy--the first born at the zoo--arrived early on Monday.

The zoo in a statement said its animal care team had to step in and care for the mandrill after his mother stopped providing him with neonatal care.

The mandrill's mother, Mandisa, initially showed maternal instincts, but she stopped after other members of the mandrill troop showed interest in the baby.

Zoo officials say they hope to reunite the baby with his mother in the near future.

Mandrills are the largest of all monkeys.

Officials say it is unknown when visitors will be able to see the baby.

(Photo courtesy Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

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