Newborn Monkey Twins Share Home With Cute Baby Sloth

These are the cute baby monkey twins from an endangered species holding tightly onto their mum as they are shown around their new home which they will share with an equally adorable baby sloth.

The golden-headed lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) infants were born at Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, capital of the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg on April 18.

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The Golden-headed lion tamarin mother and her newborn twins

According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the species is categorised as ‘endangered’.

Pictures show the cute newborns sitting astride their mother Kamya as they are escorted around the enclosure.

There are now five little tamarin monkeys in the enclosure being cared for by Kamya and partner Mosi.

A zoo spokesperson said: “With this important breeding success, Wilhelma is helping to ensure this endangered species is maintained in the future. 

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The newborn sloth clinging on to its mother

The lion tamarins, native to south-eastern Brazil, have been particularly affected by deforestation which has seen the destruction of large parts of their natural habitat.

In 1979, only 20 tamarins were living in zoos globally. Following a breeding programme, 650 now thrive in animal parks around the world.

The newborn monkeys were not the only offspring to be welcomed at Wilhelma Zoo.

The sloths, who share the same enclosure as the golden-headed lion tamarin and the white-faced saki monkeys, also welcomed a new addition on April 29.

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The newborn sloth clinging on to its mother

The news was a surprise for zookeepers as sloth mum Edeka was considered too young to give birth, however staff quickly realised that dad Flash had got her pregnant when she started to show a bump.

Edeka has since withdrawn from social activity to care for the baby.

Schulz said: “A day after giving birth, she did not even show up.

“It’s her first offspring so she’s a bit excited about it.”

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Story By: Koen BerghuisSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News


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