The Death of Glitter’s Baby

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 4:20pm


In July 2011, Glitter became a mom for the first time.  However, not long after the birth, Gremlin, Glitter’s mother, took Glitter’s infant and began carrying, nursing, and otherwise providing all necessary care for the baby.

After six months of care from her grandmother, Glitter’s baby passed away on the night of January 20, 2012. Glitter’s baby looked healthy not long before she died.  However, four days before her death, the baby’s condition began to deteriorate rapidly. She cried constantly and had difficulties clinging to her grandmother.

On the morning of January 21, 2012, Gremlin descended from her nest holding the lifeless baby. For three days after the death, Gremlin continued to care for and travel with the baby’s body.

JGI staff members have recovered the infant’s body, so we hope to learn what caused the baby’s sudden death.


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