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Cornwall's Monkey Sanctuary welcomes a new baby

The youngster is keeping a close hold on its mother Maya Credit: Monkey Sanctuary

Staff at the Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall have welcomed a new baby - even though it wasn't planned.

The sanctuary has a non-breeding policy - it is more about rescuing animals from the pet trade - but contraception does not always work and yesterday Maya, the woolly monkey gave birth at 22 years old.

Keeper Kim Archer was lucky enough to witness the birth: “I can’t believe that I have had the luck to see Maya have her baby. There are only a handful of people who have seen a woolly monkey born-what a privilege!”

Woolly monkeys are native to the rainforests of South America and live in complex social groups, ranging from 10 to 45 individuals. There are five different species of woolly monkey but their long-term survival is seriously threatened

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Cornish animal sanctuary's campaign to end pet monkey trade

The actor Stephen Fry is supporting a Cornish charity's campaign to end the trade in pet monkeys. The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe has also had support from South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray, who wants more rigorous checks on thousands that are kept in as pets in the UK.

One left severely traumatised by its owner was Joey - who spent nine years in a cage, before he was rescued and found a new home at Wild Futures. We visited to find out how he's getting on.

Monkeys banned from eating bananas

Monkeys have been banned from eating bananas at Paignton Zoo amid fears they will make them fat.

Animal nutritionists say the fruit has become so sugary through cultivation for humans it is the equivalent of feeding cakes and sweets to children.

Monkeys at Paignton Zoo have been weaned off fattening bananas. Credit: Paignton Zoo

Zookeepers weaned the monkeys off the treat gradually and their r diet now features lots of green leafy vegetables, small amounts of brown rice and leafy branches.

From now on the monkeys at Paignton Zoo in Devon will only get the odd banana on special occasions such as when vets need to entice them into eating medication.