Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps.
Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps. Rockhampton Zoo

WATCH: The sweet moment when baby Capri takes her first step

ROCKHAMPTON's newest baby is gaining attention again as she takes her first steps.

Just a few days ago, five-month-old chimpanzee Capri was captured by zookeepers letting go of mum and trying to walk before taking a tumble when mum Leakey gives her a cuddle.

Parks Committee Chair Councillor Cherie Rutherford said it was the perfect moment to be caught on camera.

 

Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps.
Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps. Rockhampton Zoo

 

"Capri has captured hearts right around the country with her adorable face and inquisitive eyes and to see another milestone reached is a very sweet moment for the troop, zoo staff and the whole Rockhampton community," Cr Rutherford said.

"You can see from the footage how close a bond our chimp troop has with the amazing zoo staff and when she tries to walk towards the camera and falls over you can see she really is your typical little baby girl.

"Mum Leakey is very quick to scoop her up and make sure she's okay which is also quite a nice, tender moment and we're really pleased that our zookeepers caught it so we can share it with the rest of the community."

 

Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps.
Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps. Rockhampton Zoo

Since Capri was born, she has captured hearts and helped shine a light on the Rockhampton Zoo.

She was the first chimpanzee to be born in Queensland since 1980.

"You only have to look at the almost triple increase we've seen in visitor numbers this year to realise she is something special and that the rest of the country is following her story," Cr Rutherford said.

"We recognised when she was born how special she was, especially as the only baby chimpanzee in Queensland, and we wanted to make sure her story was told far and wide.

"There are still many more milestones to come yet and we look forward to sharing each one with the community as she reaches them."

 

 

 

Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps.
Still images taken from the video of baby Capri taking her first steps. Rockhampton Zoo

 

The Rockhampton Zoo is open daily from 8am until 4.30pm.

The chimps are fed at 3pm daily.

Entry is free.


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