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Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 9:39 p.m.

Chimp sanctuary surprise: It's a girl!

  • Ginger, a 42-year-old chimpanzee whose surprise pregnancy was discovered in February, holds her new female baby Wednesday at Chimp Haven, the national...

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    Ginger, a 42-year-old chimpanzee whose surprise pregnancy was discovered in February, holds her new female baby Wednesday at Chimp Haven, the national sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees in Keithville, Louisiana.

NEW ORLEANS — A 42-year-old chimpanzee whose unexpected pregnancy was discovered in February has given birth to a healthy girl.
Ginger gave birth Monday at the Chimp Haven sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees. Ginger's pregnancy was a surprise because every male must get a vasectomy before coming to the sanctuary in northwest Louisiana.
Since February, every male in a group with a female and still interested in breeding has been given a newer type of vasectomy. And every female is on birth control.
The baby has not yet been named. Sanctuary officials say a donor who pays $13,000-a-year to support the chimp can name the baby. If that doesn't happen, the sanctuary will take suggestions from the public.
Story tags » AnimalsCuriosities

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