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November 29, 2011
Baby Francois langur at ZSL
A three-week-old Francois langur monkey that was rejected by its mother is now in the care of a zookeeper at the London Zoo, says the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
The endangered newborn, which measures a mere four inches in length, is now out of intensive care and is being fed with a bottle. The langur, named "Flame" for his coloration and birth on the same day that the Olympic touch route through London was announced, is especially fond of a stuffed monkey, which acts as a substitute for his negligent mother, according to ZSL.
The Francois langur is native to the forests of southern China and north-east Vietnam where it is highly endangered by habitat loss and hunting.
“Francois langurs are extremely endangered so Flame is a very precious monkey," said Kate Sanders, the ZSL zookeeper who is looking after the primate.
Baby Francois langur with keeper Kate Sanders at ZSL
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