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Rare Javan Gibbon Born At Fort Wayne Zoo

Last updated on Thursday, May 2, 2013

(FORT WAYNE) - A rare Javan gibbon has been born at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

The zoo said Wednesday that the male born April 16 appears healthy. It says an international database shows it's one of only seven Javan Gibbons born in zoos worldwide and one of two born in North America in the past 12 months.

The endangered Javan gibbon is a small, gray-furred apes found only on the island of Java in Indonesia.

The baby, which hasn't been named yet, is the second infant born to its mother, Dieng, and the father, Lionel. Their first baby, a male named Jaka, was born March 14, 2011 and still lives with Dieng and Lionel at the zoo.

Young gibbons remain with their family for about seven years.

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