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The Oakland Zoo gets a new baby baboon named Jasiri

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The Oakland Zoo has a new sentient potato — wait, make that baby Himalayan baboon, who is 6 weeks old and called Jasiri (“Jah-seer-ee”).

The miniscule creature is the offspring of parent baboons Kodee and Kusa. Its name means “brave” in Swahili, and sure enough, the zoo reports that Jasiri is already showing its curiosity. While Jasiri looks like a black tuber with a head right now — correction, an adorable little tuber with a shock of black hair — in about 6 months, its fur will turn brown. Ten years down the road, it will rock a luxurious, silver-colored mane just like Roger Sterling in “Mad Men.”

The baby baboon was purposely bred as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, which is meant to ensure the survival of Himalayan baboons.





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