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It's beginning to feel a lot like chimp-mas this week as three rare newborn monkeys at a British theme park zoo have been named after festive dinner favourites.
Chessington World of Adventures Zoo have announced that a trio ofbaby Colombian spider monkeys who were welcomed last month are now to be known asBrussel, Sprout and Cranberry.
The plant-based names come as a tribute to both the traditional Christmas day meal and the vegetarian diet of the species, which is categorised as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to zoological records, last month's delivery was only fourth time ever since records began in 1958 that Colombian spider monkey twins have been born and survived in Europe.
Mother Kryah, 10, and 12-year-old father Mariecello gave birth to Brussel and Sprout on November 13. The children are especially rare as they are male-female twins.
Cranberry, meanwhile, has been at the zoo for three weeks, being born to mum Wookie.
Sam Whitbread, zoo collections manager at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: It’s been hugely exciting for the entire zoo team as we welcome our rare new arrivals to Chessington”
"We’re monitoring their wellbeing and development extremely closely, and so far we’re very happy with the progress the babies have made.”
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There are 15 Colombian spider monkeys at the Chessington World of Adventures Zoo, which originally opened as Chessington Zoo in 1931.
The first theme park rides arrived at the park in 1987 in a successful attempt to reverse declining visitor numbers at the attraction.
Colombian black spider monkeys are native to Central and South America. Their diet includes leaves, nuts, seeds, bark, insects, and flowers
They are hunted for their meat, as well as being under threat from forest deforestation.
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