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article imageMother and aunt Javan lutung monkeys fight over baby (video)

By Anne Sewell     May 8, 2013 in World
Berlin - A new addition recently arrived at Berlin Zoo when Annika, an endangered Javan lutung, gave birth to a baby. However, there was a certain amount of jealousy over the cute little monkey among the females of the family.
The colony of Javan lutung monkeys, residing at Berlin Zoo in Germany, have a new addition to the family. In late April, Annika gave birth to the little baby monkey. However, she has trouble keeping hold of her tiny baby as jealous aunts try to drag the baby from her embrace.
Six-year-old Tambo, the male of the group, is particularly protective of the new addition and often bares his teeth at visitors who dare to get too close.
The Javan lutung is native to the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali and is becoming increasingly rare as the destruction of its natural habitat continues. It is believed that if not for human intervention and protection, the species would not survive.
The Javan lutungs at Berlin Zoo mainly have golden-brown coats - a less common colour variant of the species. They are characterized by their long tails, which can measure up to 98 cm in length compared to a body height of just 55 cm.
Poor little monkey looks like she or he may get stretched a bit in the mêlée!
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