By Luke Andrews For Mailonline
Published: 17:30 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 00:51 BST, 5 September 2020
A 43-year-old chimpanzee has been seen cradling her newborn baby at Chester zoo for the first time.
Expectant mother Mandy gave birth to the tiny chimp on August 21, and has kept her baby hidden from keepers until now.
Primate experts at the zoo are yet to determine the sex of the new arrival, but have declared the birth is 'hugely significant' for the western chimp subspecies.
Estimates suggest as few as 18,000 of the characterful primates remain in the wild in Africa. It is the first chimpanzee subspecies to be added to the list of critically endangered species.
Mandy gave birth to the baby chimp, pictured, at Chester zoo on 21 August
The sex of the little one is yet to be determined but keepers said mother and baby had bonded
Andy Lenihan, team manager of the primates section at Chester Zoo, said: 'Mandy is a wonderful mum.
'She’s bonded instantly with her new baby and can be seen protectively cradling it in her left arm at all times.
'It’s a little too soon to tell if her new arrival is male or female as a newborn chimpanzee will remain in the arms of mum for several months until they