Chimp sanctuary in La. announces: It's a girl!

August 15, 2012 - 3:35 PM
Chimpanzees Vasectomies

Ginger, a 42-year-old chimpanzee whose surprise pregnancy was discovered in February, holds her new female baby on Wednesday, Aug.15, 2012, at Chimp Haven, the national sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees in Keithville, in northwest Louisiana, The baby was born Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Ginger’s pregnancy was a surprise because all the males in her group had vasectomies before coming to Keithville, and some had had two. (AP Photo/Chimp Haven)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 42-year-old chimpanzee whose unexpected pregnancy was discovered in February has given birth to a healthy girl.

Ginger gave birth Monday at the Chimp Haven sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees. Ginger's pregnancy was a surprise because every male must get a vasectomy before coming to the sanctuary in northwest Louisiana.

Since February, every male in a group with a female and still interested in breeding has been given a newer type of vasectomy. And every female is on birth control.

The baby has not yet been named. Sanctuary officials say a donor who pays $13,000-a-year to support the chimp can name the baby. If that doesn't happen, the sanctuary will take suggestions from the public.