Newborn gibbon continues to thrive at Greensboro Science Center

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Duke, a rare endangered Javan gibbon was born at the Greensboro Science Center on April 29.

After his birth, his mother failed to take care of him, so Science Center staff had to quickly step in and act as surrogates.

They also enlisted the help of a group of nurses from Women’s Hospital, who are volunteering to help feed and hold Duke until he gets stronger.

Those caring for the baby wear a special furry pad to simulate the feel of a real gibbon mom. Someone must hold him 24 hours a day–nurse volunteers take care of much of the daytime hours, and Science Center staff sleep sitting up with him every night.

So far, Science Center staff is pleased with is progress.

 

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