Baby needs a name
Brooklands Zoo's youngest primate is in need of a name.
Zoo staff have shortlisted three unisex South American-themed names for its newest cotton-top tamarin and now they need your help.
Born on March 27, the baby monkey is the sole survivor of triplets born to the zoo's adult cotton-top tamarin monkeys Nephrite and Lorenzo.
The shortlist of names are: Chico or Chica, which means little in Spanish, Yari which is the name of a river in Colombia, or Inca - a South American tribe.
Brooklands Zoo assistant curator Eve Cozzi said from today until July 29 the public could vote on the Brooklands Zoo Facebook page for their favourite name choice.
The name with the highest number of votes will become the baby's official name.
At this stage it is still unclear whether the monkey is a boy or girl, but this will be confirmed once it is a bit older and more independent from its parents.
The baby has a bold personality, loves to eat and takes after mum Nephrite more than dad Lorenzo, Cozzi said.
At 111 days old the monkey is at an age where its social skills are developing rapidly.
Such behaviour includes pulling mum and dad's tails, playful biting and the odd bout of wrestling, Cozzi said.
It's also inclined to steal its favourite food - moth larvae - off its parents. "As often as it can it will try to steal its favourite bugs off mum and dad and reluctantly they will give it up," Cozzi said.
Both Nephrite and Lorenzo are first-time parents and they've done a fantastic job, she said.
"We couldn't be prouder."
It was hoped that next year the two would produce more offspring.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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