One of the newborn baby baboons at the Darling Downs Zoo.
One of the newborn baby baboons at the Darling Downs Zoo. Sean Teuma

New faces at Darling Downs Zoo

NOW is not the time to monkey around.

Darling Downs Zoo has welcomed two new residents into its ranks, with the births of two baby baboons.

The young male and female are just three weeks old, with their mothers Cagny and Laci keeping a close eye on them.

Zookeeper Leisa Cornrow said they were in good hands with their families at the moment.

"The baboons we have are a very tight-knit group,” Miss Cornford said.

"Everyone is very protective of them, especially Cagny and Laci.

"When they get to three and four months old, they'll get around in the enclosure, play with the others and get into trouble.

"It will take a few months for them to eat fruit and vegetables, so they're relying on their mums for food.

"When the boys are more fully dependent they move on to join families in other zoos.”

Father Ramesey, which currently has three girlfriends, has been tasked with the duty of keeping the babies safe.

The baby baboons are currently unnamed, and Darling Downs Zoo welcomes suggestions about what to call the adorable pair. If you have an idea, head to the Darling Downs Zoo page on Facebook.



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