Aw! Baby chimp Maisie laughs for first time, caught on video

Video captured Maisie, a baby chimp at the Maryland Zoo, laughing for the first time.


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomes baby chimp Maisie.

Video captured Maisie laughing for the first time.

Making a play face and laughing is a natural chimp behavior and a milestone chimp babies typically reach between 12 to 16 weeks.

The little one was born in August at the Oklahoma City Zoo and is being hand-raised at The Maryland Zoo.

The chimp baby will bring the Maryland Zoo's chimpanzee troop up to 15, which includes 1-year-old Lola and 10-month-old Violet.

As this new baby is integrated into the troop, she will have these two as companions to play with, which is essential to her development as a member of the troop.

Chimpanzees are classified as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List. One of the greatest threats to the wild chimpanzees is loss of habitat, the African forest, from commercial logging, agriculture and fires. Poaching and disease also put the wild population at risk.