The colobus monkey named Dr. Sheldon Cooper was born March 3. A spokeswoman says zoo staff pick names based on themes, and they made the TV show the latest one because they're fans. Dr. Cooper is played by Jim Parsons on the TV show.
She says keepers joke it's too soon to tell whether the monkey will live up to his namesake's brilliance.
The Columbus Zoo says that "Colobus monkeys are born completely white and typically have the full adult coloration of black and white at the age of six months. At a little over a month old Sheldon’s coloring has already begun to change."
The monkey was the first of four recent births for the zoo's African forest exhibits.
Two red river hogs were born April 12. The month began with the birth of a black duiker which is a four-legged, forest-dwelling animal. It is part of the antelope family and is found in parts of Africa.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in Cumberland, in southeastern Ohio.