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Meet the adorable capuchin born in Cornwall

Meet the adorable capuchin born in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:46am 10th November 2019. (Updated at 8:55am 10th November 2019)

Meet the newest resident of Newquay Zoo - a baby capuchin so tiny, it will cling to its mum's back for the next three months!

We say 'it' because carers do not know the sex yet and have not given it a name!

The white-throated capuchin is the latest addition to a small family.

There is mum Irazu, dad Zaito and older sibling Benito who was born back in 2017.

Baby capuchin at Newquay Zoo
Meet Newquay Zoo's newest resident - a super-cute baby capuchin! Photo: Newquay Zoo

 

Capuchin babies mature slowly and are usually taken care of by their mum for the first couple of years - carrying protecting and feeding them.

The newborn will cling to her mum's back until she is ready to begin exploring from about three months old.

"Mum and baby are doing very well. This is her second baby so she knows what she's doing.

"We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet as at this age, they will cling tightly to mum.

"However when it becomes a bit more independent, we will be able to sex it".

Head Keeper, Dave Rich

Baby capuchin at Newquay Zoo
The tiny capuchin will cling to its mum's back for around three months before it can be sexed. Photo: Newquay Zoo

 

Found in Central America, white-throated capuchins are classed as 'Least Concern' by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Because this species is known to be very intelligent, capuchins are often exploited by humans for entertainment and the pet trade.

Newquay Zoo has had a great year for breeding and welcomed an array of babies, including a rare black wildebeest, a crowned lemur and an Owston's civet kitten which was hand-reared by keepers in a world-first.

You can read more about the animals at Newquay Zoo here.

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