Monkey stolen from Blackpool Zoo while pregnant gives birth to twins

A monkey stolen from Blackpool Zoo has now given birth to healthy twins.
A monkey stolen from Blackpool Zoo has now given birth to healthy twins.
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A critically endangered monkey that was stolen along with her baby from Blackpool Zoo earlier this year has given birth to healthy twins.

The cotton-top tamarin called Mamma was one of five monkeys taken in a planned raid in April – and keepers have now confirmed she was pregnant at the time.

While four of the monkeys were returned to the Zoo, her baby was never found.

But now she has two new-borns to care for after giving birth on August 1.

Staff at the Zoo say mother and babies are doing well despite her traumatic experience.

Charlotte Pennie, senior primate keeper at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Keepers at Blackpool Zoo were devastated earlier this year when five of our monkeys were stolen, as every single animal we have here is considered a member of our zoo family.

“We worked very closely with Lancashire Police and following huge media interest four of the five were found days later.

“The two new babies, who are yet to be sexed and named, are doing extremely well and we are delighted for. The pair are also vital for the international breeding programme, so it is great news all round.”

The cotton-top tamarin is one of the smallest primates in the world and weighs approximately 0.5kg. They are found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests in north west Colombia.