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World's smallest monkey born at Chester Zoo

Published Friday, Feb 26 2016, 17:36 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
It's Fluffy Friday! A baby Eastern pygmy marmoset – the world's smallest species of monkey – has been born at Chester Zoo.

This tiny fluffball was born only six weeks ago, and after spending time bonding with parents, it decided to hitch a ride outside with dad! That's so the way to travel.

Get ready to 'aww'.

A baby Eastern pygmy marmoset – the world's smallest species of monkey – has been born at Chester Zoo. February 2016

© Chester Zoo



The infant, who has yet to be named or sexed, will measure only five inches in length when fully grown. FIVE INCHES! That's less than 13 centimetres if anyone was dying to know.

As for it's full weight, the monkey will only ever 'top' the scales at 150 grams maximum! That's the same as an average apple according to the internet.

However, don't underestimate the creature, because despite their tiny stature, pygmy marmosets make a lot of loud noises – their whistles and squeals can be heard throughout the rainforest.

The little youngster arrived to mum Audrey, six, but aside from doing the feeding, female Eastern pygmy marmosets are known to do none of the parental care and so the mini monkey is being carried around by dad, Gumi, seven.

The South American primates are native to the forests of Brazil, Ecuador and Peru where sadly they are threatened by habitat destruction and their capture for the pet trade. Aww.

Chester Zoo is a registered conservation and education charity that supports projects around the world and closer to home in Cheshire. Welcoming 1.6 million visitors a year, it is the most visited zoo in the UK.

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