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Denver Zoo raising orphaned monkeys

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Denver Post/Denver Zoo, Dave Parsons Lara and Lucy are baby tamarin monkeys being fed by hand at the Denver Zoo after their parents both died.

Lara and Lucy are emperor tamarin twins born at the Denver Zoo on July 9. Their father died before they were born, and their mother died July 20 of cancer.

So zookeepers and veterinary staffers are stepping in to make sure the girls get the care they need in the nursery.

“It was such a shock to lose Yana (their mother), as she did not show signs of illness. She was a wonderful mother and we are trying to fill her role in every way, providing the best care and nutrition for these twins,” curator of primates and carnivores Beth Jo Schoeberl said in a news release. “So far, they are doing great and we are pleased with their progress.”

Zoo visitors can see the twins being fed daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The twins are fed from a syringe with a nipple. They also get some chilled vegetables to chew on while they are teething. So far, “feedings have gone well and the tamarins continue to gain weight,” the zoo release said.

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