The Columbus Zoo has just welcomed its very first baby animal of 2016, and spoiler alert: it’s adorable.
This new little cutie is a silvered leaf monkey, which is also called a silvery lutug or a silvery langur. The baby langur was born on January 11, and zookeepers haven’t determined its gender it. But the adorbs baby already has a BFF! Another silvered leaf monkey was born right before Christmas, and the two of them have been hanging out together. (As besties do.)
I mean, look at this. #Monkeysquadgoals, amirite?
According to the zoo’s Facebook page, “The eldest newborn has begun venturing on her own, and was instantly curious about the newest baby. These langurs, which have black fur with silvered tips as adults, are born bright orange and will develop their darker coat by six months. This distinct difference in coat color is believed to encourage other female langurs to assist in raising the young, which is called allomothering.”
Allomothering. We love it. It takes a village, after all.
The new baby doesn’t have a name yet. Naming a new zoo animal is a whole thing, apparently. The monkey department at the Columbus Zoo will hold a vote, but we’re sure whatever they choose will be awesome, considering that mama monkey’s name is Gumby. (!!!!)
You can learn more about silvered leaf monkeys here. Or you can just stop by the Colunbus Zoo and visit them in the Asian Quest area.
Road trip! Who’s in?
[Images via the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Facebook.]