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Oregon Zoo names new baby monkey

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Zoo's new De Brazza's monkey now has a name: Augustus.

He arrived more than a month ago, but his mom, Brooke, had kept him so close that keepers couldn't be sure of his gender until recently.

"Augustus was attached to Brooke's belly 24/7 for about a month," said Asaba Mukobi, the zoo's senior primate keeper. "He might've seemed like a mama's boy at first, but he's been growing more independent lately."

Visitors can see the pair in the "treetops" section of the zoo's Africa Savanna area, near the giraffe and naked mole rat habitats.

Keepers chose the name Augustus in honor of the monkey's father, Gus, who died last month after his chronic liver condition took a turn for the worse.

"It's been an emotional time for everyone," Mukobi said. "A lot excitement over the new baby's arrival and then a lot of sadness when Gus died. Once we knew for sure that the baby was a boy, we wanted to give him a name that honored his dad's memory."

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