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New Capuchins creating a 'stir'
Capuchin monkey: Pic Michelle Turton
The endangered primates originate from the Brazilian rainforest
Two rare primates have begun exploring their new home at a Cornish Zoo.

The yellow-breasted Capuchin monkeys, who are critically endangered, arrived at Newquay Zoo from Edinburgh Zoo at the beginning of the month.

The zoo said brothers Pataxo and Tuxa were great characters, but their reputation had preceded them.

"This pair are known for being very confident and quite a handful for keepers," animal collections manager John Meek said.

Pet trade

"We are delighted to have them here and I am sure they will prove very popular with visitors and staff."

Originating from Brazilian rainforest, the primates' habitat has been mostly deforested for farmland.

They are also threatened by trapping for meat and the pet trade.

The animals take their name from the cowls or hoods worn by Capuchin monks and friars.

The zoo is taking part in the European breeding of the species and Mr Meek told BBC News it is hoped mates will eventually be found for Pataxo and Tuxa.

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