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Who's the daddy? Paternity results in on surprise Chimp Haven baby

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New mom: Flora and baby Valentina (Courtesy: Chimp Haven) New mom: Flora and baby Valentina (Courtesy: Chimp Haven)
Ginger, 42, is unexpectedly expecting. (Courtesy: Chimp Haven) Ginger, 42, is unexpectedly expecting. (Courtesy: Chimp Haven)
Teresa and baby Tracy, born in 2006 to a mystery daddy - later proven by DNA to be Conan. Conan was re-vasectomized. Teresa died in 2010. Teresa and baby Tracy, born in 2006 to a mystery daddy - later proven by DNA to be Conan. Conan was re-vasectomized. Teresa died in 2010.
KEITHVILLE, LA (KSLA) -

The DNA/paternity results are in on Chimp Haven's newest addition, and the sanctuary says they will reveal the father of Flora's unexpected baby, Valentina Rose, on Wednesday, April 11th.

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

Flora's surprise pregnancy prompted a round of tests for the rest of the females in her group, which revealed yet another pregnancy. 42-year-old Ginger is expected to deliver in late July or early August.

The arrival of two new baby chimps this year are not the first unexpected births at Chimp Haven, a 200-acre wooded facility in Northwest Louisiana that operates primarily as a retirement community for research and rescued chimps.

Flora lives in the same social group as Tracy, a chimpanzee youngster at Chimp Haven who was born unexpectedly five years ago.  DNA testing pointed to Conan as her father; he was immediately re-vasectomized.


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