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Australia welcomes cute baby monkey.

Summary: A baby Francois Langur monkey, small enough to sit in the palm of a human hand, has been born in Australia.

A baby Francois Langur monkey, small enough to sit in the palm of a human hand, has been born in Australia.

Named Elke, the five-day old monkey will be hand raised by staff at the zoo because its mother rejected it.

The bright orange monkey is making do with a warm quilt in place of her mum's belly and chest, which she would otherwise be in constant contact with, primate keeper Mandy McLellan said.

Ms McLellan said it was common for monkeys to reject their offspring.

Taronga Zoo keepers will spend several months raising Elke with the hope of eventually re-introducing her to her parents.

Ms McLellan said it was the mother's first child.

"She wasn't quite sure what to make of it which is actually quite common with first-time mums, with primates. So it's not completely unexpected," she said.

"But it is our hope that we will get her back with her parents at some stage to form a nice social group."

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Mar 25, 2009
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