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Second Colobus monkey born at Duluth zoo

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DULUTH — There’s more monkey business going on at the Lake Superior Zoo — and that’s a good thing, the zoo reported Thursday.

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The Angolan Colobus monkey born at the zoo in June has a playmate: A second monkey was born July 16.

Peter Pruett, director of zoo operations, said in a news release that the births are a significant part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ species survival plan for the monkeys.

The survival plan was put in place because the captive population is aging and few births have taken place in the past few years, according to the zoo. Both of the Lake Superior Zoo’s females were taken off birth control last year, and both have now given birth.

The new baby, an unnamed female, is the offspring of 11-year-old female Kero and 18-year-old male Kramer. Kero’s mother, Kelly, gave birth to another female, to which Kramer was also the father, on June 26. They are the fifth and sixth born in captivity this year, the zoo said.

The young monkeys are interacting and are on exhibit together with their parents. The zoo plans to soon begin considering names for the monkeys.

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