During Its First Bath, This Endangered Newborn Monkey Captured the Hearts of 24 Million People.

Zoos and other animal sanctuaries celebrate and give the greatest importance to the birth of any creature whose numbers are declining for this reason.

Langurs are medium monkeys who prefer to live in tropical and subtropical regions’ cliffs and caves.

Northeastern Vietnam and southwest China are home to the endangered François langurs.

The number of Fraçois langurs is declining, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Hunting is one of the main factors threatening their population. It makes sense that one’s birth would be widely honored.

When their François langurs delivered birth, the Philadelphia Zoo joyfully spread the happy news. First-time parents Mei-mei and Chester were happy to have a baby named Qu Báu, which is Vietnamese for “precious.”

She was so little and adorable. However, the zoo saw that Mei-mei didn’t care for the baby. Though this is typical, they warned that Qu Báu’s health may not be okay.

One of the reasons a newborn langur appears orange, according to scientists, is so the mother can quickly identify the youngster. Their hair eventually turns completely black as they age.

There are just about 2,100 François langurs in the world. In addition to hunting, they blame habitat destruction, illicit logging, mining, and quarrying for the decline.

The Langur Species Survival Plan was developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other organizations. They intend to save langurs and, ideally, boost their population.

Because of this, Philadelphia Zoo’s efforts to raise baby Qu Báu are highly admirable. Who knows how many more François langurs will be born in their zoo after this first one?


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