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Bronx Zoo shows off first baby gelada in U.S. since 2002

The gelada, or "bleeding heart" baboon, was born during the winter and is expected to reach an adult weight of 65 pounds.

By Ben Hooper

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- New York's Bronx Zoo released video of the first gelada baboon to be born in the United States since 2002 running and playing with its adult comrades.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the zoo, released video Thursday showing the young male gelada, or "bleeding heart" baboon, running and jumping with the adults in the zoo's habitat.

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"This is an exciting birth for the Bronx Zoo and our visitors," WCS Executive Vice President Jim Breheny said in a news release. "To watch the young gelada race around the hillside, jumping and interacting with the adults is an experience not to be missed. It is an inspiring sight that transports you to the East African highlands."

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The gelada weighed a little more than a pound when he was born during the winter and is expected to grow to a weight of about 65 pounds.

The zoo said the baby will be on display to the public on days when the temperature and weather are deemed suitable.

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