Saving a Baby Vervet Monkey
“Lequinho” is a vervet monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus) that weighs just under a pound and measures 35cm, without counting the tail. Two months ago, he lost his mother at birth in Rio de Janeiro’s zoo. The grandmother of the baby monkey unsuccessfully tried to breastfeed him. “Lequinho” was very weak and had to be brought under the care of the zoo’s veterinaries. Now he is a strong, healthy and very playful monkey.