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Zoo news: Meet Kaasidy, our little daredevil

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 9:41 pm

July 11, 2013

How many ways can a 9-month-old monkey worry her keepers? Kaasidy the baby colobus monkey is trying to find out.

"She's quite the daredevil ," said African Journey Area Manger Amber Eagleson.

She describes Kaasidy's first day in the new colobus monkey exhibit, when the little monkey climbed to the top of the exhibit, let go and dropped 10 feet to a low branch.

"My heart stopped for just a second," says Eagleson. But Kaasidy had no worries - she climbed to the top and did it all over again.

One of Kaasidy's favorite antics is to hang from the long bushy tails of her mother, Jibini, and Wamblenica, another female.

"They don't seem to mind at all," said Eagleson. But dad's tail is off-limits. "We never see her hanging from Finnigan's tail - he's not as tolerant as the females."

See photos of Kaasidy's "tail-hanging" adventures at http://kidszoo.org/meet-kassidy-our-little-daredevil/.

Try a VIP experience

Get closer than you ever imagined to your favorite zoo animals at a VIP Experience! You'll be guided by an expert zookeeper as you step behind the scenes at the zoo. Get details at http://kidszoo.org/programs-and-events/vip-experiences/, or call 427-6808 to register. Choose from:

*Giraffe Feeding and Behind the Scenes Visit: Feed the giraffe herd in their barn

*Penguin Feeding: Join keepers on the beach

*Orangutan Painting: Watch Tengku and Melati create a masterpiece just for you

*Lion Feeding and Morning Rounds: Prep the exhibit and feed Bill and Ina

It's festival time!

Going to the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival Parade at 9:45 a.m. Saturday? K'Zoo, our mascot, and our Z-Team volunteers will be there! Be sure to give our crew a big cheer when you see them.

K'Zoo appears at many local parades and festivals. Look for the zoo van at a parade near you!

Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.