By Nelson Groom
An ultra-rare Javan gibbon baby – one of only 2,000 left in the wild – has been welcomed into the world in a positive step for the survival of the endangered species.
Heart-melting footage shows the tiny baby primate, named Billy Princess, bundled up hugging a pillow at the Javan Gibbon Centre in Bogor, Indonesia after she was born on Saturday night.
Javan gibbons, also known as silvery gibbons, are seriously endangered from habitat destruction and the pet trade with a population of less than 2,000 in the wild.
After fears for the baby’s survival when her mother needed an emergency caesarean section, the little fighter is now being hand-reared by staff while her mother recovers.
Carer Pristi Nuratika said: “The mother has labor difficulties that required an emergency cesarean section.
“The treatment is intensive to both the mother and baby. They must be monitored every day to make sure they are healing and developing.
“The mother needs medicine three times a day. Her appetite is also closely monitored to ensure she is healing properly.
“The child must be cared for like a human baby. She needs formula milk and warmth from the sun as well as an incubator box.
Billy will be introduced back into her mother’s care once she recovers before they are both released into the wild.
The newborn is the mother’s second baby but sadly the first did not survive.
The Javan Gibbon Centre opened doors in 2002 to conserve the population of the species, presently housing 20 of the primates.