Thursday 29 September 2016

Adorable Irish Monkey Baby to make his television debut on RTE

Published 29/04/2015 | 13:49

Those looking for Wednesday pick-me-up need look no further than Dublin Zoo, who today announced the arrival of a Goeldi’s monkey baby.

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The new baby weighs a minuscule 30g and was welcomed on March 3rd by his mum and dad and his sister Yari, who is 10 months old.

Speaking of the new arrival zookeeper Susan O’Brien said, “We’re delighted with the new addition. Inca, the mother, arrived to Dublin Zoo in 2012 from Banham Zoo in the UK and is a fantastic mother. She is keeping the newborn very close to her at the moment and swinging around the habitat with her new baby on her back.”

“The baby is feeding very well on a diet of crickets, mealworms and waxworms. This may not sound so tasty to us humans, but the insects are fed a high-vitamin diet which in-turn gets passed onto the Goeldi – a perfect diet for a newborn.”

“In a couple of weeks we should be able to get close enough to determine the gender but for now we are happy for the family to bond and get to know each other” she said.

Goeldi’s monkeys blend into the forest so well that they were only first described in 1904. These dark-haired monkeys, from western regions of South America’s tropical rainforests, mainly feed on fruit, vegetables, insects and bird eggs.

Even though the new baby is just a few weeks old, he or she is set to make their debut on The Zoo this Thursday on RTÉ One.

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