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Sanctuary welcomes patter of woolly feet

Times Online

A rare monkey has been born in a British animal sanctuary as part of a breeding programme for endangered species. The baby woolly monkey was born on Sunday at Monkey World, in Wareham, Dorset, and is being hand-reared by Alison Cronin, the primate sanctuary’s director, after he was unable to suckle from his mother. “We have had five woolly monkeys born at Monkey World since 1997,” Dr Cronin said. “This is a great result as it is extremely difficult to breed them in captivity.” The baby sleeps on a heat pad wrapped in blankets, weighs just over 9oz (400g), and requires feeding every two hours. It is the half brother of Julio, whom Alison also hand-reared and who was returned to his group at the sanctuary at seven months old. Woolly monkeys in the wild mostly live at high altitude in South America. They grow to about 24ins (60cm) and weigh about 18lbs (8kg) in adulthood. The woolly monkeys at Monkey World are bred as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) along with Monkey World’s resident gibbons and orangutans.

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