ZSL London Zoo breeds Steptoe lookalike
Monday 22 December 2008
ZSL London Zoo has got its very own miser just in time for the credit crunch Christmas - a monkey that is the spitting image of Albert Steptoe.
Far from being a dirty old man living in a scrap-yard, this little colobus monkey, already nicknamed Albert, lives in the Zoo’s lush £5.3 million Gorilla Kingdom exhibit.
Soon after the tiny snow white primate was born keepers noticed the striking resemblance to the miserable character played by Wilfred Brambell in the classic 1960s sitcom Steptoe and Son.
Little Albert, who will eventually turn black and white like his parents, has been delighting visitors as he and his mum swing together through the trees.
Zookeeper, Andrea Payne, said: 'We couldn’t believe it when one of the keepers saw the resemblance. I’ll be reminded of our little Albert every time Steptoe and Son is on television this Christmas.'
Visitors can come and see the 8in tall monkey and his family celebrating their first Christmas together at ZSL London Zoo.