Tuesday 17 October 2017

Just hanging around: rare spider monkey born at Fota Wildlife Park

The Colombian spider monkey is classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Colombian spider monkey is classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

An endangered baby Colombian spider monkey is the latest addition to Fota Wildlife Park.

The tiny baby was born to mum, Batty, and dad, Arnold, on April 4.

Teresa Power, Primate Lead Warden at Fota Wildlife Park, described the birth as “joyous”.
Teresa Power, Primate Lead Warden at Fota Wildlife Park, described the birth as “joyous”.

Wardens have been unable to tell the sex of the baby as it has clung so tightly to Batty's body since birth.

Spider monkeys are known for their prehensile tail, large brains and tree-climbing skills.

Teresa Power, Primate Lead Warden at Fota Wildlife Park, described the birth as "joyous".

"Both the new baby and new mother are doing very well and Batty is taking great care of her little baby," she said.

New arrivals in the wildlife park are always special but the birth of such a critically endangered species is an especially joyous event.

The Colombian spider monkey is classed as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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