Marmoset babies

Cotton eared Marmosets are very small monkeys.  They live in family groups and normally produce twins.  This June they produced triplets.  Often the third baby is not fed and gets dropped and dies but this experienced group have reared all three babies and we are very impressed with them.  In this species it is the father who does all the child care, carrying the babies and passing them to the mother for feeding.  He is helped by the older male children.  At night the mother nurses her twins, so the third baby misses out, but this time they must have swapped the babies around so that they all got fed.  This group is now at 11 individuals we plan to move them to a larger enclosure.  Only the parents breed, the young do not.

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