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Baby chimp due at Rocky Zoo

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There's about to be someone new at the zoo!

Rockhampton Zoo's 26-year-old chimp, Leakey, is just weeks away from giving birth.

Councillor for parks Cherie Rutherford says zoo staff are keeping an extra close eye on the mother-to-be, who is due any day.

"Recently they have begun noticing some changes in her behaviour and her belly bump positioning,” Cr Rutherford says.

"Although Leakey has been resting a lot and her activity levels have significantly reduced, she still has a great appetite.

"The mother-to-be has been quite cheeky lately when it comes to building her nests, they’ve been getting extremely large, and Zoo keepers have caught her stealing bedding from her own daughter."

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