Name and sex of rare monkey born at Dudley Zoo revealed

By Rebecca Sayce | Dudley | Attractions | Published:

The sex and name of a rare monkey born at Dudley Zoo has been revealed.

Evita with her new baby

The attraction posted camera trap footage onto Twitter that shows proud Colombian black spider monkey parents, Elvira and Chester, with their newborn.

The youngster, revealed to be a female named Nina, can be seen cuddling up to Elvira while being patted by Chester.

Lower primates senior keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Mum, dad and baby are doing really well.

“From her surprise outdoor delivery, Evita is proving to be a natural mum and is taking wonderful care of her baby girl, keeping her snuggled close.

“Dads typically do not help in raising offspring, but Chester is being really attentive towards Evita and Nina which is great to see and we’ve spotted him on camera gently stroking his daughter.

Evita, 16, gave birth in front of visitors in the hot midday summer sunshine on July 31 and Nina is the zoo's first baby Colombian spider monkey in four decades.

Rebecca Sayce

By Rebecca Sayce

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