A tiny monkey found himself in a very difficult situation after his own mother rejected him shortly after he was born. With the odds stacked against her, the fragile creature’s fate seemed sealed, but the keepers of the Houston Zoo, where she was born, had a different opinion. Today, they treat Goeldi’s monkey by feeding him with a bottle!
The adorable little thing weighed less than a gram when primate keepers found her in Goeldi’s monkey enclosure on January 15. Unfortunately, despite the guards’ attempts, the mother refused to take her baby. So they knew they had to act to help him survive. So they transferred the newborn baby monkey to the veterinary intensive care unit.
“On Jan. 15, 2022, primate keepers at the Houston Zoo found a surprise waiting for them when they approached Goeldi’s monkey night house — a tiny baby clinging to a branch in its enclosure,” said announced the zoo in a press release. “Unfortunately attempts to encourage Kylie to take the baby were unsuccessful, so the team made the decision to hand raise Betty while continuing to encourage the parental bond.”
After being rejected by her parents, the little ape christened Betty by the staff, in memory of the late actress and animal lover, Betty White, will remain under the care of guardians for the next few months. They will take care of her, and above all, they will feed her 24 hours a day, until she is strong enough to reunite her parents.
“She didn’t have the strength to hold on to mum and breastfeed properly,” said Amy, one of the caretakers at the zoo clinic. “We feed her every two hours, it’s a constant job. It’s hard to believe, but it takes a whole village to raise such a small monkey.”