LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – With spring in the air so are the birds and bees at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin. They have some brand new additions that zoo visitors are ranting and raving about.
"I mean they're just so cute and it's fun to see them cuddled up with their patents and stuff," said Hannah West, 6th grader.
Baby Zuri, which is Swahili for beautiful or pretty, is the newest addition the giraffes. Zuri is 5'10 and 127 pounds. Both mom and baby Zuri are currently off exhibit for bonding and to make sure Zuri is nursing.
Zoo keepers showed us a baby monkey that's not on exhibit yet, but will be soon once she gets a little bigger.
In about two months, several python eggs will hatch. Zoo keepers said the baby pythons will be one to two feet long at birth.
Also, you can see a new baby Two-toed Sloth on exhibit with its parents and a family group of Cotton-top Tamarins in the Small Animal Building. Other recent births include White-faced Sakis, a small South American primate, and Alligator Snapping Turtles.
Zoo keepers said it's always exciting at the zoo when spring arrives coupled with these new additions.