Virginia Zoo in Norfolk to celebrating birth of new siamang


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NORFOLK, Virginia — The Virginia Zoo is celebrating the birth of a new siamang.

The zoo in Norfolk says the baby male siamang was born in late November and joins sister Lola who was born in August 2012. The newborn is the second offspring for mother Hitam and father Bali.

Siamangs are a large species of gibbon native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. They have black shaggy hair and a naked face. They grow up to 35 inches in length and 28 pounds.

Like their larger orangutan cousins, habitat loss is threatening their survival in the wild.

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