Two spider monkey mothers with babies on their backs.

Two spider monkey mothers with babies on their backs.

Springtime at the zoo brings many new babies

There have been several new baby arrivals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in the last few days.

There have been several new baby arrivals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in the last few days.

Early Thursday morning their zebra mother Sahara and father Sierra delivered their first foal, a handsome boy. Sahara successfully delivered the foal on her own and wants to nurse. However, the young male is unsure how to receive the milk, therefore the animal care staff have taken over the regular bottle feedings every few hours.

The young male is approximately three foot tall and weighs roughly 70 pounds. The mother and baby will remain in the nursery area for a few days, while being monitored very closely as zoo staff are in the very early stages of this new birth for the first-time mom Sahara.

Also on Thursday morning squirrel monkey mother MJ delivered a new baby and then the next day mother squirrel monkey Shyllo welcomed a new baby as well.  Both mothers and babies are doing very well. As squirrel monkey babies do not leave their mother’s body, the estimate weight of the newborns is approximately three to seven ounces.

In the North American section, not to be outdone, muskox mothers Fluffy and Maisie both delivered healthy calves Friday and Saturday. The babies are approximately 1.5 feet in height and weigh 20 pounds.