6-day-old Angolan colobus monkey dies at Zoo Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Zoo Atlanta is mourning the loss of a infant monkey who was born last week.

A spokesperson for the zoo tells us the Angolan colobus infant was born to Lami, 12, an experienced mother, who lives at the zoo.

The Zoo's Animal Management and veterinary teams didn't see any problems with the infant after it was born.


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According to the spokesperson, the infant had been nursing, vocalizing and holding onto its mother normally over the past week.

The monkey was found dead on July 21.

Zoo Atlanta adds the mortality rate for colobus infants in their first year of life is estimated at between 25 and 31 percent.

Officials say a necropsy will be performed by the zoo's veterinary team.

 

 

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