Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Baby monkey needs human milk


New mothers in China are being urged to donate breastmilk to help save a baby monkey.

The baby macaque was born three weeks early at Chongqing city zoo, reports the Chongqing Times.

It's mother, Shanshan, cannot produce enough milk for the premature baby and needs some help.

Zoo worker Yang Xinghai says the milk of monkeys and humans is similar because they are all primates.

He said: "The baby only needs a little each day, about 100 to 150g.

"I really hope some kind-hearted nursing mother can donate some milk to it, and let it get through these difficulties."

The baby is currently fed with cow's milk, but Yang says its chances of survival are low without human help.

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