Emperor Tamarin Triplets Born the Size of a Thimble with Tiny Moustaches

January 20, 2021 at 3:40 pm

The Vienna Zoo just welcomed three new arrivals – teeny tiny monkeys with hilariously oversized moustaches

Three Emperor Tamarin monkeys were born recently at the Vienna Zoo. The tiny triplets were no bigger than a thimble at birth, and now, at 6 weeks old, their famous white moustaches are already beginning to show.

Named for their resemblance to German Emperor Wilhelm II, who had a very impressive moustache, the little monkeys never grow much bigger than a shoe and weigh just over a pound.

The triplets are the first Emperor tamarins born at Vienna Zoo in five years.

Natives of the Amazon rain forest, the male monkeys do a good chunk of the childcare.

“Most of the time the father carries the kittens on his back. If the little ones get hungry, the mother than takes over to feed,” zoo director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck says.

Their wild populations are threatened by loss of habitat due to deforestation and forest fragmentation.

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