Friday, August 21, 2009

Rare Primate Gives Birth To Twins At Metrozoo

tamarinA pair of endangered primates are the newest arrivals at Metrozoo. They're twins and they were born less than a month ago.

But if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the babies known as Cotton Top Tamarins, you'll have to wait.

The parents have been raised in captivity at the zoo, but the species originates from the tropical forests of northern Colombia. It's believed that there are fewer than 1,000 left in the wild.

Fully grown Cotton Top Tamarins aren't very big. In fact, they only grow to weigh about a pound, but they're great parents.

Both parents care for their young and the image shows a father carrying them. He will take on that responsibility until they have to nurse, which is when he will turn them over to the mother.

Ron Magill, Miami Metrozoo spokesman, said they are still too fearful for public viewing. The twins were just born on July 25th.

Full story here.

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