Friday, September 9, 2011

New Babies at the Animal Kingdom

There were some new members born to the Animal Kingdom family recently!

A few weeks ago, a new elephant was born into the family.  He was named Jabali.  He is the sixth baby elephant to be born at the Animal Kingdom.  There are pictures of him out on the savanna as recently as this week.  I rode Kilamanjaro Safari twice yesterday in the hope of seeing him, but no luck.  I did see one of the older baby elephants though.  Check out the adorable picture of him with his mama on the Disney Parks Blog.

I did have better luck over in Asia.  I almost always stop to check out the apes and this time I was surprised to see a new born clinging to mama's belly.  I'm not even sure that this has been announced on the Parks blog yet so it was a very pleasant surprise. 

We hung out there for a while sipping our frozen chai and trying to snap a good picture of the baby.  It wasn't easy because the mom kept her back to us unless she was climbing to a different feeding location.  The cast members that are nearby to answer questions said that it was a very good sign that the mom was hiding the baby from us.  The is a definite sign that she has accepted the baby and will raise it.  Here are some of the pictures I took:

Here we can see a hand gripping mama's hair.

Here we have the whole arm.  So tiny!

And here we get a little peek at the face.  Aww!

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