Baby baboon unveiled at Tbilisi Zoo

Baby baboon Eva cuddling her toy frog. Photo by Tbilisi Zoo., 14 Aug 2014 - 17:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

A new-born baboon abandoned by her mother is stealing the hearts of Tbilisi Zoo staff and visitors.

With button brown eyes, black spiky hair, a pink nose and a wrinkly face, the young baboon named Eva was removed from her enclosure after she was abandoned by her mother.

A baby baboon named Eva was abandoned by her mother. Photo by Tbilisi Zoo.

The new-born’s arrival was announced on the Tbilisi Zoo Facebook page a few days ago.

Eva – a Hamadryas baboon – is about two weeks old and is cared for by a special nurse who bathes her, feeds her and puts her to bed with her toys, which she clutches with her long, spindly fingers.

A special nanny from Tbilisi Zoo looks after the new-born. Photo by Tbilisi Zoo.

Hamadryas baboon is a species of baboon from the Old World monkey family. It is the northernmost of all the baboons, being native to the Horn of Africa and the south-western tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

The fur of males is silver-white in colour and they have a pronounced cape mane and mantle which they develop around the age of ten, while females have less fur and are brown. Their faces range in colour from red to tan to a dark brown.

Hamadryas baboons are distinguished from others due to their intelligence, complex social behaviour and physical structure.

Watch the video how they kook after to the newborn baboon: