A family of monkeys at the Vancouver Aquarium got a little bit larger with the birth of a new, and very tiny, furry bundle of joy, this weekend.
Ginger, the aquarium’s female Goeldi’s marmoset, gave birth to the healthy newborn Sunday morning.
“Mother and baby are slowly bonding and doing well,” said Dr. Dennis Thoney, director of animal operations.
The newborn, whose sex has yet to be determined, is nursing and the mother appears to be comfortable carrying the new baby around her habitat in the fur on her back. The mother is expected to be extremely protective, but over time will allow the father to carry the baby and allow interaction with other family members.
Aquarium staff are monitoring from a distance to give Ginger and her baby time to bond. They expect to be able to determine the monkey’s sex in a few weeks.
The birth increases the aquarium’s family of monkey’s to five: Ginger, the mom; Fred, the father; Diego, the older brother; and Hugo, the youngest brother.
Goeldi’s marmosets are small (20 to 23 centimetres) black monkeys that live in the Amazon. Their tails can reach as long as 30 centimetres.