Baby monkey makes its first zoo appearance
A baby King Colobus monkey born at Paignton Zoo earlier this month has been unveiled to an adoring public.
The baby – which weighed under a kilo at birth on October 3 and has not been sexed – was the fourth born to parents Martin and Ivy.
The youngster, which arrived after a pregnancy of around six months, was pure white at birth and will develop black markings after one month. The new arrival brings the zoo's collection up to six, including Harper, Squidge and Lola.
Neil Bemment, the zoo's curator of mammals and director of operations, said: "There are only six collections in Europe holding King Colobus. So the birth is special as we and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria want this population to grow."
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The species is listed as "vulnerable" by the international union for conservation of nature. It is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for food, but is managed under the European zoos' endangered species programme.
The King is a monkey of forest and wooded grassland, eating mainly leaves. It can often be seen sitting quietly while it digests food in its unusually large stomach. Colobus monkeys spend their lives in the tree-tops, and have four long fingers on each forelimb to grasp branches like hooks.