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Twin chimpanzees born at New Mexico zoo

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The ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, N.M., is now home to a pair of baby primates.

Chimpanzee Elaine welcomed a healthy set of twins on Tuesday, zoo officials said.

The extra-special delivery wasn’t exactly a surprise, according to KOAT, because the staff suspected the 38-year-old chimp was carrying more than one baby.

The father is believed to be Alf, the BioPark’s 27-year-old chimpanzee.

Employees said protective mama Elaine won’t let anyone else close enough to determine the sexes of the little ones.

The babies, who have yet to be named, are the first twin chimpanzees to be born at the ABQ BioPark. KOAT

The babies, who have yet to be named, are the first twin chimpanzees to be born at the ABQ BioPark.

Enlarge Zoo staffers said they haven’t been able to get close enough to determine the sexes of the new arrivals. KOAT Zoo staffers said they haven’t been able to get close enough to determine the sexes of the new arrivals. Enlarge

The twins don’t have names yet, but visitors have reportedly already been going ape over the babies.

While chimp twins aren’t unusual, the zoo’s curator of mammals, Bill Aragon, told KOAT that they are far from common.

The babies are the first chimps to be born at the facility since 2007 and are ABQ BioPark’s first chimpanzee twins.

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