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Can you help us come up with a name for this baby baboon?

GEENI looks and feels like any other new mum - tired, protective and excited to have her new bub in her arms.

Queensland Zoo has welcomed its newest addition, after Geeni the hamadryas baboon gave birth to a girl in the early hours of Monday morning.

The Daily was on hand yesterday to take the first shots of the new baby at its new home in the $100,000 enclosure at the Nambour zoo.

SNUGGLE TIME: Mum Genie and Dad Scooby (watching on below) have welcomed a new addition to the family, a little girl, at Queensland Zoo. You can help give her a name by heading to the Daily’s Facebook page.
SNUGGLE TIME: Mum Genie and Dad Scooby (watching on below) have welcomed a new addition to the family, a little girl, at Queensland Zoo. You can help give her a name by heading to the Daily’s Facebook page. Iain Curry

Holding the little girl close to her chest, 13-year-old Geeni was protective of her newest addition as dad Scooby kept a close watch.

Geeni will hold the baby 24 hours a day for six weeks, until the 800 gram bundle, who is yet to be named, is old enough to crawl and walk.

"Mum is doing well and the baby is healthy," primate keeper Emma Morgan said.

"We increased her foods to make sure she didn't get ill during pregnancy and monitored her weight, so she's had a stress-free pregnancy.

"Dad's very excited to have the baby here."

A little more subdued than usual, Genie is still getting used to life as a mum again. This is her fourth baby.

Queensland Zoo staff will keep a close eye on the baboon family - Scooby, Geeni, Layla and Tehuti - in the coming weeks to ensure the baby survives.

Ms Morgan said that in the wild, babies often live no longer than two months due to the aggressive nature of baboons, especially males.

Help name the newest baboon at Queensland Zoo.

The Daily and Queensland Zoo are giving readers a chance to name the new baboon.

Head to the Daily's Facebook page to submit your name ideas from noon today.

BABOON FACTS

  • Female baboons are pregnant for six months
  • Baboons are some of the world's largest monkeys, males can weight between 15 and 27kg
  • A baboon mum will nurse her baby for six weeks
  • At six weeks baby baboons will walk themselves, but hold on to mum's tail
  • Life expectancy in the wild of 30 years

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