Vulnerable monkey keeps keepers guessing

Baby Javan langur monkey Credit: Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Monkey keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent say they've enjoyed "a welcome ray of sunshine" with this brightly coloured addition to one of their Javan langur groups.

The apricot infant was born during some of the harshest weather to hit the county in years – and keepers are delighted at how the little arrival is progressing, their just not sure of its sex.

Simon Jeffrey, animal manager said: "Due to the cold weather we have not yet been able to tell if it is a boy or a girl – as mum has been keeping her youngster very close to her chest.

"It’s too early to tell yet whether this baby will develop a darker colouring."

Javan Langurs are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red list of endangered species and they face the same threats as other primates in Asia, including loss of habitat and hunting.

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