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Buffalo Zoo baby monkey being hand-raised in Des Moines

A baby Japanese macaque born at the Buffalo Zoo and abandoned by his mother there is being hand-raised at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nikko was born June 5. Soon after, Buffalo Zoo keepers noticed that his first-time mother, 6-year-old Yuki, was not holding him and failing to care for him properly.

After attempting to reunite the mother and baby, zoo staff determined that the baby’s best chance at survival was to be hand-raised.

Zoo officials learned that the Blank Park Zoo had a baby macaque born on the same day under similar circumstances. Keepers there agreed to raise the Buffalo baby along with their newborn, a female named Anika.

Buffalo Zoo keepers drove Nikko to Indiana on June 7 and delivered him to his new keepers. Blank Park Zoo staff reports that Nikko is thriving in his new home with Anika and another female born June 16.

The Blank Park Zoo has set up a live webcam at where viewers can watch the macaques play and grow over the next few weeks before they are on exhibit.