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Zoo says orange-headed baby monkey is good luck for S.F. Giants

Anaheim might be home to the official rally monkey, but San Francisco came up with a pretty cute take of its own.

Bay Area baseball enthusiasts are crediting a baby Francois' langur monkey born at the San Francisco Zoo earlier this month for the San Francisco Giants' postseason success. The orange-headed monkey was born right before the Giants went on a three-game run to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and advance to the World Series.

"Things have turned literally since she's been born," said Abigail Tuller, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Zoo. "She seems to have her strongest powers when the Giants are behind."

An orange-headed Francois' langur monkey rests with an adult at the San Francisco Zoo. Credit: Marianne HaleThe primate doesn't have a name yet, but fans are flooding the Zoo's Facebook page, suggesting she be named after favorite players.

The most popular? "Posey" — for catcher Buster Posey — and "Scutaro," after second baseman Marco Scutaro, whose record-setting 14 hits earned him MVP honors during the National League Championship Series.

The zoo has placed a sign — "Lucky Langur lives here" — outside the baby's enclosure, Tuller said. The sign explains the primate's significance and has a Giants logo that fans have come to touch for luck.

The baby, Tuller added, is most active on game days, venturing away from her mother and aunt to crawl around on her own. She especially "seems to perk up when she sees people with Giants logos on."

Langur monkeys are an endangered species native to Southeast Asia. Although all babies are born with orange heads, they fade to black — the Giants' other color — by about six months of age.

The team hasn't visited the monkey yet, Tuller said, but that's OK.

"We'd like them to focus on their game," she said. "They know that she's there rooting for them."

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— Kate Mather

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Photo: An orange-headed Francois' langur monkey rests with an adult at the San Francisco Zoo. Credit: Marianne Hale

 
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