Cleveland Metroparks Zoo celebrates blessed event

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CLEVELAND – The newest addition to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo family might not be big in size, but it makes up for it in cuteness.

Baby pygmy loris (Photo courtesy: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

Baby pygmy loris (Photo courtesy: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

This pygmy slow loris was born on May 18th and is now on display in the zoo’s Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. It weighs in at a whopping 130 grams, which is just about 4.5 ounces.  Zoo officials don’t know yet if this little one is a boy or a girl. Mom is 12-year-old Tevy and Dad is 9-year-old Tai. Baby loris doesn’t have a name yet, but is expected to get a bit larger, as pygmy lorises go:  adults  grow up to 8 inches long and weigh in at around 12 ounces.

According to the zoo, the pygmy slow loris  is a member of the prosimian family, which are generally small, mostly nocturnal primates that are not quite monkeys or apes.

Pygmy slow lorises are native to the forests and bamboo groves of Southeast Asia, including Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. They are classified as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The zoo participates in the pygmy slow loris Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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