Virginia Zoo wants help naming baby siamang


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A Virginia zoo is looking to name one of its newcomers.

Last week, the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk announced an auction for someone to choose the name of its new baby siamang, born June 26.

Bidding is open until Friday, August 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Whoever wins the auction will have until August 26 to send their name choice to the zoo, according to the announcement on the zoo’s website.

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For record-keeping purposes, the baby’s name cannot be the same as any other animal at the Virginia Zoo.

The zoo is also asking for gender-neutral names because the sex of the siamang has not yet been determined.

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This is because the baby is still in contact with its mother, a siamang named Malana. The baby’s father is another siamang named Bali who is also at the Virginia Zoo, according to the announcement.

This baby siamang was born on June 26 at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. His parents are Malana and Bali siamangs.
(Virginia Zoo in Norfolk)

“The neonatal examination has not yet been performed because mother and baby have not been separated in the interest of their natural bonding process,” the Virginia Zoo explained on its website.

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On Monday, the main bid was $625 by a man named Bernard David, according to the zoo’s auction site.

Money raised from the auction will benefit the Virginia Zoo’s Wildlife Law Conservation Fund, the auction site said.

Siamangs are found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and can weigh between 17 and 28 pounds, according to the Virginia Zoo website.

Siamangs are found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and can weigh between 17 and 28 pounds, according to the Virginia Zoo website.
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“A siamang birth is an important addition to this critically endangered little ape,” Greg Bockheim, executive director of the Virginia Zoo, said in a statement. “Watching a baby grow and engage with their family is special to all of us.”

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