Teresa, a wild-born chimpanzee in her late 40s had a baby girl last week, despite the fact that the facility's entire male chimp population has had vasectomies.
Chimp Haven managers said they knew something was up when Teresa was missing during morning rounds on January 8. Later in the day, she appeared with a newborn chimpanzee in her arms.Link. Tracy, the baby chimpanzee, and her mother are doing well.
Workers have started collecting hair samples from the chimps for testing. Once they identify the father, it's back to the operating room for him.
This is the first chimpanzee born at the sanctuary, which opened in 2005, although officials there hope there will be no more accidents.
Teresa has refused to disclose the name of the baby-daddy. "It ain't nobody bidness but my own," she snarled. Chimp Haven staff have temporary marked Teresa with a scarlet 'A'. She and Tracy will be living on the outskirts of the chimpanzee enclosure until the investigation is closed or the father comes forward.
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