Newborn monkeys stay close to mum in birthday bonanza for zoo
Two baby monkeys born in recent weeks have brought the total number of new arrivals at Dublin Zoo to more than 50 this year.
The eight-strong troop of white crowned mangabey monkeys have welcomed a little newcomer to their close-knit unit at their home in the African Plains exhibit in the Phoenix Park zoo.
Zoo staff said they have yet to establish the sex of the baby, which weighs in at just 350 grammes, as its protective mother is keeping her newborn very close by since the birth took place on November 27.
However, keepers are pleased with the progress of the baby mangabey and said the bonding process had been very successful so far.
"The baby joins a troop of eight white-crowned mangabeys, three of which are under three years of age.
"So the new arrival will have plenty of playmates to grow and develop with," said Helen Clarke-Bennett, a team leader at Dublin Zoo.
The 17-strong macaques tribe also had cause for celebration on their island enclosure earlier this month, as a Sulawesi crested macaque was born on December 5.
"(The monkey) is feeding well from its mother, which it will do for up to a year," a zoo spokesperson explained.