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Published: Friday, 8/27/2010

Newborn monkey adjusting to life at zoo


The Toledo Zoo has a newborn monkey, a Francois' langur born to mother Ashes and father Dong Puong.

The monkey is the fourth born to the couple, and is on exhibit in the Zoo's Primate Forest after its Tuesday-evening birth. The pair's first offspring, born in 2002, died last year of congestive heart failure. Puong is owned by the Toledo Zoo, and Ashes is on a breeding loan from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Native to southeast China, Vietnam, and central Laos, the species is listed as endangered because of habitat loss from deforestation, human encroachment, and hunting. Only a dozen venues in the United States exhibit and breed the animals.

The monkeys have been on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo since 1996.

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