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Adorable Newborn Monkey at the L.A. Zoo

Photo: Tad Motoyama/LA Zoo
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The Los Angeles Zoo recently received a little surprise when a female Kikuyu colobus monkey on contraceptives gave birth on November 27th. The sex of hasn't been identified yet, but it weighed about a pound and measured around eight inches long. "Because breeding is closely monitored to comply with the Species Survival Program (SSP) and the L.A. Zoo*s colobus monkeys are genetically well represented in North American zoos, the mother was placed on implant contraceptives in October 2008," explained the Zoo's public information officer, Jason Jacobs, in a news release. "They were meant to be effective for a period of two years, which is why this adorable baby was
such a surprise for the Zoo!"

You can check out the Colobus monkeys at their exhibit located just past the Zoo*s Mahale Café toward the perimeter road. Additionally, the Zoo is holding a contest through January 11th to name the newborn. You can enter at the exhibit and if your entry is chosen, you'll get a free behind-the-scenes-tour of the Zoo for up to six people

Also at the L.A. zoo this month is the Reindeer Romp--visit Santa's reindeer--through January 3rd and the zoo's first ever skating rink through January 10th.