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Pia has just been a fantastic mom to her infant Gabe, who was born 23 December! Around April 9th, Pia suddenly got really sick, and her condition worsened to the extent that by 12th April she and Gabe were brought down to the Vet lab and set up in rolling cage, for closer monitoring. For a few days Pia was on IV fluids, and during the course of her illness, she received five different kinds of drugs! But thanks to fantastic Veterinary care, Pia recovered, and she and Gabe were returned to the G wing and reunited with poor lonely Pontius April 17th. By 1 May Pia was well enough to be released back to free range with Gabe and Pontius. By that time Gabe weighed 780g, 15% of Pia's weight! Generally a 4.5 month old sifaka infant is independent enough to spend a lot of time off of mom, exploring and locomoting on its own. But since Gabe had never been free ranging in a big scary forest by himself (and also probably because he had been traumatized somewhat by the close proximity of the vet staff during his mom's illness), Gabe decided he was going to ride Pia all the time and not do any locomotion on his own. And so he has, and Pia has been a trooper carrying Gabe through the forest and up and down the NHE 3 stairs, not to mention up and down the many very tall tulip poplar trees in which the group has been gorging themselves on flowers in the canopy. But sometimes it seems that Pia has yet to regain all her strength, and this is most apparent when she has to negotiate the set of horizontal branches strung between vertical poles which comprise the elevated lemur highway connecting the Miaro building (where the animals are generally fed) with the forest. Normally Pia would just gracefully and easily hop bipedally with Gabe on her back along the horizontal poles. But apparently Gabe is too heavy, or Pia does not fully trust her balance yet, so she has been brachiating, arm over arm, along the horizontal poles, like a marine crossing a swamp on a ropes course with a 40 lb pack on his back! But Pia soldiers on, and hopefully Gabe is every day thankful for the love and care that his 19 year old mom is lavishing on him!