Hongshan Zoo in China’s Jiangsu Province has announced a joyful addition: a gibbon of the Siamang species named Lucky was born there. This nickname (Lucky) was given to the baby for a reason it survived almost by miracle.
Lucky’s mother had a very difficult birth and she had to have an emergency cesarean section with a team of veterinarians. They were afraid that the baby would not survive, but Lucky was born perfectly healthy. He weighed 650 grams at birth and almost two months later he weighs 820 grams.
This baby was the first siamang in China to be born by cesarean section, and the first individual of its species to be born at the Hongshan Zoo. At first, Lucky was kept in an incubator, but now he is doing much better.
The mother monkey sometimes feeds the baby with her milk, and if she does not have enough milk, the caretakers feed him from a syringe. Now Lucky is growing up active and healthy, and the zoo staff is sure – he has a great future ahead of him!