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Dad takes strain of caring for new arrival at Belfast Zoo

By Brett Campbell

A new mum at Belfast Zoo is set to enjoy a relaxing Mother's Day despite having given birth just a few weeks ago.

Inca the red titi monkey has been taking it easy since the arrival of the tiny primate on January 26, leaving doting dad Aztec with his hands full.

That's because the male monkeys, normally found in the rainforests of South America, play a key role in parenting and carry more than their fair share of responsibility.

Zoo curator Julie Mansell said the furry red couple with distinct grey faces can often be seen with their tails intertwined. She added: "The pair welcomed their first daughter in July 2011 and have continued to build their family. The primary childcarers only return their offspring to mum for feeding and as the nameless newborn will cling to his parents for up to five months, keepers have not been able determine the gender or name their sixth monkey."

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