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Joy as baby marmosets born at Dudley Zoo

By Rebecca Sayce | Dudley | Attractions | Published:

If you look very closely, in the middle of a proud mum and dad, you’ll spot one of Dudley Zoo and Castle’s newest arrivals.

A pygmy marmoset baby inbetween a proud mum and dad at Dudley Zoo

But you’ll be forgiven for not spotting the pygmy marmoset, as the species is the world’s smallest monkey.

The baby is one of twins born to mum, Pam and dad, Hendrix at the Castle Hill attraction last week and the pair are doing well.

Section Leader Pat Stevens, said: “Pat and Hendrix are very experienced parents, so are doing exactly what they should be doing, with dad doing the majority of carrying and the female feeding.

“We always do really well with the breeding of pygmy marmosets, so it’s great to welcome a further two to the group, with our number currently at 17.”

Pygmy marmosets live in large groups consisting of a dominant adult breeding pair and their offspring of various ages and the majority of captive births for the species are non-identical twins.

The zoo’s breeding success has enabled keepers to relocate many of its youngsters to animal collections across the UK and Europe to establish new groups of their own.

Rebecca Sayce

By Rebecca Sayce
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.sayce@expressandstar.co.uk

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