Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marmoset Baby Abandoned By Mother

marmoset bbabyThe baby, which is no bigger than a human thumb, was abandoned by its mother.

It is being reared by staff at Knowsley safari park, the second time in a few months keepers have had to step in to save one of the tiny monkeys.

Female marmosets only have two teats and enough milk for a pair of babies, so when triplets are born, one is usually abandoned.

Earlier this year, the same parents had another set of triplets and baby Elliott had to be rescued.

Now, both Elliott and the newborn monkey are being cared for by park photographer Penny Boyd in her home.

Penny said: “It will be great for Elliott to have a brother to play with.”

Story here.

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