A golden snub-nosed monkey named “Liu Yi” gave birth to her 7th child at Harbin North Forest Zoo in Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, sources from the zoo disclosed on May 10.
Liu Yi got her name because she arrived in Harbin on June 1, 2005, the Chinese of the date being “Liu Yi”. Different from her birthplace in southwest China’s Sichuan province, Harbin is known for its high latitude and biting cold winters.
In 2007, Liu Yi gave birth to her first baby. The 19-year-old monkey’s age is equivalent to over 60 in human years. The birth of her 7th child made Liu Yi the record holder for oldest golden snub-nosed monkey in China to give birth to this many children at the such a high latitude.
Both Liu Yi and her baby are in good health. The baby monkey has just learnt to walk and already wants to be independent from its mom, so much so that Liu Yi now has to repeatedly pick it up and hold it in her arms.
Six of Liu Yi’s children now live with her, her second born is currently at a zoo in Nanjing in east China, sources from the zoo said.