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Your morning adorable: Baby colobus monkey

April 28, 2009 | 11:53 am

Ursula, a baby colobus monkey

Ursula, a baby colobus monkey, was born in Hodenhagen, Germany's Serengeti wildlife park in late January.  Her mother died shortly after Ursula was born, so her keeper, Tam Barrass, has been raising her by hand.  Barass feeds the baby and carries her with him everywhere in a pouch he wears on his stomach.

The word "colobus" comes from the Greek word "ekol√≥bose," which translates roughly to "he cut short" or "mutilated."  Don't fret; the monkeys received this name because they have short, stublike thumbs.

Keepers plan to introduce Ursula to the rest of the zoo's colobus monkey population when she's old enough to eat solid food.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Jochen Luebke / EPA

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