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Baby monkey 'adopts' human mother

Julio - picture courtesy of Monkey World
Pictures courtesy of Monkey World
A rare baby monkey has "adopted" a human mother after being rejected by its own.

Woolly monkey Julio was found clinging to his dad Bueno, who had wrapped his tail around him to keep him warm.

Only the second of his kind to be born in captivity, Julio was rejected by his mother after being born at Monkey World in Dorset on March 16.

The tiny chap is now being cared for by a monkey expert, who takes him everywhere wrapped in a blanket.

Alison Cronin, who runs the rescue centre, has taken on the task of looking after Julio until he is old enough to re-join the group of woolly monkeys.

She told Newsround: "It's hard work trying to look after him as his mother would have done - he would usually be clinging to his mother 24/7."

Picture courtesy of Monkey World
Julio is 50 days old.
"As he's so young he's having baby milk and small bits of banana every three hours."

Julio wears the smallest nappy for babies with a hole cut out for his tail.

"He's only just started to sleep through the night and he sleeps next to my bed on a hot bottle wrapped in a fleece," Alison said.

It's thought Alison will look after Julio for another two months before he re-joins his other woolly monkey pals.

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