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Pictured: Why Belfast Zoo's new mum Inca will be taking a break this Mother’s Day

Belfast Zoo is celebrating the birth of a tiny red titi monkey.

The latest arrival was born to mum, Inca and dad, Aztec, on January 26 2018. 

However, Inca will be having a relaxing Mother’s Day while Aztec has his hands full, as male titi monkeys play a very active role in parenting and are the main childcare providers.

Aztec carries the infant on his back and returns it to mum in time for nursing. The infant will cling to Aztec and Inca for approximately four to five months and, for this reason, keepers have been unable to confirm the gender or name of the latest arrival.

Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, said: “Belfast Zoo has been home to red titi monkeys since 2010 when Inca and Aztec arrived from London Zoo and Blackpool Zoo respectively, as part of the collaborative breeding programme.

"Red titi monkeys are an unusual primate, as they are monogamous and mate for life.

"Aztec and Inca can often be seen sitting or sleeping with their tails intertwined.  The pair welcomed their first daughter in July 2011 and have continued to build their family in subsequent years.  With the latest arrival, Belfast Zoo is now home to a total of six red titi monkeys.”

As their name suggests, these primates have red, fluffy fur and a small grey face. 

This species is found in the rainforests of South America including Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru.

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