Greensboro, NC -- Staff at the Greensboro Science Center are working save a life after a keeper discovered something rare April 29.
When senior keeper Amanda Bissert stepped inside the Center's gibbon habitat, she found a full-term Javan gibbon lying without its mother. Science Center staff says its rare for a gibbon mother to abandoned its first child.
Keepers and staff are hand-rearing this miracle baby--now known as 'Duke'-- to give him the best chance at survival. Staff members say Duke is "stable and thriving" under the care of the Science Center, veterinarians and Cone Health staff.
Greensboro Science Center Director Glenn Dobrogosz says Duke should be fine, thanks to the quick response from everyone involved.
"Nothing in nature is about fairness. It is about survival," he said. "Duke, and hopefully his species, will have a fighting chance thanks to keepers, curators and wildlife biologists who dedicate their lives to preserving and protecting our world's wild things and wild places."
Zookeepers will reintroduce Duke to his parents, Isabella and Leon, in about six months when he should be self-sustaining.
Greensboro Science Center