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Baby monkey makes zoo debut

2009-03-25 02:29:41 GMT2009-03-25 10:29:41 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

An orange-haired leaf-eating monkey which was born at a Sydney zoo last week makes its first public appearance.

"Elka" the monkey was rejected by her mother at birth. But zoo staff have become surrogate parents to the tiny primate.

Although Elka's parents have black fur, it is common for their infants to be born with bright orange fur. Scientists believe this colour helps parents spot their infants despite the dim light in the thick rain forests which they inhabit.

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