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Your morning adorable: Baby mandrill at the Munich Zoo

March 25, 2009 |  9:30 am

Baby mandrill at the Munich Zoo

The Munich Zoo welcomed a baby mandrill Feb. 17, and he was presented to the public over the weekend.  His mother is 10-year-old Zora and his father is 16-year-old Pablo. 

Adult mandrills, especially males, are known for their vivid coloring, which becomes even brighter when they're excited.  Males like this fellow can grow to weigh about 60 pounds (females like the Bioparco Zoo's baby mandrill, Blanca, are somewhat smaller).

Mandrills are related to baboons and are sometimes called "forest baboons."  They're native to the rain forests of Africa, where they're considered threatened, in part because they're often hunted for their meat. 

More photos after the jump!

Baby mandrill at the Munich Zoo

Baby mandrill at the Munich Zoo

Baby mandrill at the Munich Zoo

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Joerg Koch / AFP / Getty Images

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