Baby monkey survives on donated human breast milk

A newborn monkey that was rejected by its mother has survived thanks to donations of human breast milk.

The golden lion tamarin h drinks human breast milk from a syringe.
The golden lion tamarin has survived on human breast milk since January 3. Credit: RTV

The baby golden lion tamarin was rejected by his mother at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil, when he was just seven days old.

The newborn monkey sits on top of a toy dog as it is cleaned.
The golden lion tamarin is considered to be a critically endangered species. Credit: RTV

Vets at the zoo asked the public for human breast milk donations after they determined it has the closest biological proximity to what the newborn primate would naturally receive from its mother.

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