Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 26, 2012

Virginia Zoo needs help naming female baby siamang


Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk needs help naming its female baby siamang.

The zoo says the animal was born in August to first-time mother Hitam. But it hadn't been named because its gender had not yet been determined.

Officials are taking name suggestions through Jan. 15. The top four names will be selected by zoo staff and submitted for a final vote by the public.

The animals are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and are the largest species of gibbon. They have black shaggy hair and a naked face.

They are omnivorous, eating mostly leaves, but also fruit, insects, nuts, small animals, birds and bird's eggs. Males and females are similar in size, growing to 30 to 35 inches in length and weighing approximately 17 to 28 pounds.