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