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Zoo named monkey after royal baby

A Japanese zoo has apologised after receiving complaints over naming a baby monkey Charlotte after the newborn British princess.

The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden said yesterday it was considering renaming the macaque.

It was flooded with angry calls and emails just hours after announcing the name for its first monkey born this year, a tradition at the zoo run by the southern city of Oita.

Charlotte was the favorite in a public ballot, receiving 59 out of 853 votes in just over a month.

Opponents largely said giving the princess' name to a monkey was disrespectful to British royals.