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Columbus Zoo's baby mandrill has a name

Baby boy, Bernard, was born on Oct. 16 to his parents Malaika and Mosi.
Credit: Columbus Zoo

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has given their newest baby mandrill a name!

Bernard was born on Oct. 16 to his parents Malaika and Mosi.

The zoo's Congo Expedition team named the baby mandrill after the elf from "The Santa Clause" trilogy. Just like the elf, the zoo said in a tweet, mandrills have pointed ears.

According to the zoo's Facebook page, the baby is strong, curious, nurses often and is already reaching out to touch items. The zoo says, baby mandrills sleep and eat often, and when the mom is ready, the baby will venture off on his own.

Pictured: Mandrill (Malaika) and her baby boy (born on October 16, 2022) at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The zoo's mandrill family may not be viewable to visitors depending on the weather. The baby and his mom may stay in the inside rooms of the exhibit while they bond until Malaika is comfortable taking him outside.

The baby is expected to look like his dad when he turns eight or nine years old.

Credit: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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