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Baby porcupines, monkey born at zoo

The zoo is welcoming three new additions. In the nocturnal exhibit are baby prehensile South American porcupines. They're twins. "Calvera" is named after a super hero from the magnificent seven, and "Zumbido" is spanish for "buzz." These porcupin...

The zoo is welcoming three new additions. In the nocturnal exhibit are baby prehensile South American porcupines. They're twins. "Calvera" is named after a super hero from the magnificent seven, and "Zumbido" is spanish for "buzz." These porcupines are similar to North American ones, except these have a tail like a possum's.

The porcupines weren't exactly planned. Zoo officials just noticed the mother, Juanita, was getting bigger.

The other new addition to the zoo, a baby monkey from an endangered species, was planned.

Zoo director Mike Jannis said, "This one will probably end up, after it matures, going off to another zoo to become a part of their breeding program so our monkeys are having their genes passed along for the future, which is the whole idea of these endangered species programs."

Jannis jokes that the parents met over the computer.

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"The computer said they'd be a good match for each other genetically and fortunately they were a good match socially also," he said. "They obviously like each other."

And so far, they're making great parents.

"She's a very good mother. She's holding it right and nursing it, not letting it get too far away. Ross is doing a fine job as a father -- he's taken it a few times, played with it a little and gives it back easily. And he will come up to the glass and threaten or hit the glass a little if he feels the baby's threatened -- all the things he should (do) as a father."

The zoo is open year round, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.

The baby monkey still doesn't have a name, so the zoo is asking for help. They are going to hold a contest to name it.

-- KBJR News 6

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