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Cat adopts baby monkey

Thursday August 25th 2016

A Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo.

The mother of the three-week-old squirrel monkey refused to carry him on her back - which would have been essential for it to survive the first months of its life.

Squirrel monkeys are native to the tropical forests of Central and South America. and are listed as a vulnerable animal by the Intentional Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, says she took home the newborn monkey, who is called Fyodo, three weeks ago after his mother refused to carry him on her back.

To her surprise, her 16-year-old cat Rosinka accepted the baby, comforting him by letting him cling to her back for warmth.

However, Ms Antropova says the elderly cat is starting to get a bit tired of the little monkey because he "is getting naughty" and "has started biting and pinching her".

The cat just has to hold out for another month, when Fyodor will go back to the zoo to live with other squirrel monkeys.

Copyright Press Association 2016