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Baby monkey born at the Oregon Zoo

Posted: Updated: Feb 28, 2013 06:11 PM

The Oregon Zoo is welcoming a new baby monkey.

The mama monkey, 22-year-old Brooke, gave birth over the weekend. Zoo keepers first spotted the newborn De Brazza's monkey at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Brooke has been keeping her newborn close, so much so that zoo staff has yet to determine the baby's gender.

"The baby is pretty much attached to Brooke's belly right now," said curator Jennifer Davis, who oversees the zoo's primate area. "But in a few weeks, we'll probably see him or her venturing out a little more."

Zoo workers do know that the baby is nursing, seems to be healthy and is very alert.

Visitors can see Brooke, her baby, along with the father, 12-year-old Gus, in the zoo's Africa Savanna section.

Covered in light brownish fur except for its pink face, the newborn has yet to develop the distinctive colorings of an adult De Brazza's monkey, including a grayish torso, black limbs and tail, white goatee, with a band of reddish fur forming a crown across the forehead.

Though not considered endangered, De Brazza's monkeys face threats from the African pet trade as well as habitat destruction and fragmentation, especially by Ethiopian coffee plantations. In Ethiopia, the species is protected from hunting and trapping.

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