Chimpanzee at New Mexico zoo gives birth to twins

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Posted: Nov 07, 2014 2:53 PM
Chimpanzee at New Mexico zoo gives birth to twins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A chimpanzee at a New Mexico zoo has given birth to twins.

Keepers arriving at ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque on Tuesday found 38-year-old Elaine with two healthy babies. The zoo didn't specify the twins' gender.

Staff at the zoo knew Elaine was pregnant and suspected she was carrying more than one baby. She had gotten larger, and the chimp believed to be the father previously sired twins and triplets.

Female chimpanzees usually give birth to a single baby.

Keepers say the mother has enjoyed nestling with her infants against the exhibit's glass walls, where it is extra warm.

The zoo's last chimp baby, Kianga, was born in 2007.