The first babies of 2014 have made an appearance at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
The first baby of the new year is also a first for the zoo. A male tufted deer fawn was born Jan. 2, the first of its species born at Lowry Park. Until now, the mother has kept her fawn safely tucked away in the barn (a common behavior providing protection from predators in the wild).
With the warmer temperatures, though, mother and son have begun to venture into the exhibit. The zoo says, "The species is secretive and most active at twilight (dawn and dusk). The tiny tufted deer gets its name from the distinctive tuft of hair on its forehead."
For the first time in five years, the zoo also welcomed two baby colobus monkeys, born Jan. 22 and Feb. 4.
The oldest offspring was born to first-time mother, Whittney, and the youngest to her sister, August, also a first-time mama. Both infants were sired by adult male Grimaldi.
Colobus monkeys share the responsibility of caring for the young with other females in the group. This benefits the mother, as well as the other females who gain maternal experience. Colobus are easily identified by their glossy black fur accented by bright white on the cheeks, throat, shoulders, tail and sometimes chest. When infants are born, they are completely white in color. Within a few months, their coats turn gray and black, then to the adult coloration.