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Name chosen for unexpected Chimp Haven baby

Posted: Updated: April 1, 2012 04:11 PM CDT

Chimp Haven's newest addition finally has a name.

Thanks to submissions from the public, Chimp Haven has named Flora's female chimpanzee Valentina Rose.

Valentina was born on Valentine's Day to Flora, the 29-year-old former research monkey. This surprised Chimp Haven employees because all of the males chimps in the group have had vasectomies.

"We are still waiting on confirmation of the father's identity through DNA testing," said Chimp Haven president and director Dr. Linda Brent.  

According to a release from Chimp Haven, the rest of the chimpanzee population has been respectful of mother and child, and Flora has been showing off her new addition. Mother and child enjoy lounging in the sun down by the moat. Valentina is already vocalizing with grunts and coos when Flora tickles her.



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