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  Toy monkey stands in for marmoset's mum
Updated 23 July 2003, 18.46
Marmite with his stand-in mum
When Marmite the tiny monkey was born, his mum didn't take to him.

The rare tufted-ear marmoset was left on his lonesome - until his keepers brought in a toy monkey to keep him company.

Marmite lives at the famous Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire
Marmite lives at the famous Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire

In the wild, marmosets cling on to their parents.

Marmite's getting plenty of cuddles from the toy monkey, so hopefully he won't miss his mum too much.

His keepers at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire are hoping that Marmite's real mum, Michelle, will grow to like her son.

Getting better

She rejected him after a particularly painful birth, but she seems to be getting better now.

In the meantime, Marmite's keepers are feeding him using a tiny syringe.

It's a round-the-clock job - Marmite needs to tuck in every two hours!

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