The residents of rainforest life were given a happy surprise this year when a new emperor tamarin was born. The cute little monkey was born in ZSL London Zoo on 9th January 2014, giving his family some parenting resolutions for the New Year.
Keepers in Rainforest Life believe the new arrival to be a boy, and have appropriately named him Marcel after a certain primate who appeared in the FRIENDS TV show. Volunteers at the rainforest have been unable to confirm whether or not this new Marcel shares his namesake’s love of the classic song ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.
At less than a month old, Marcel has been spending most of his time in the arms of his family members. Emperor tamarins act as a family unit and as such the role of parent falls on everyone in the group, with Marcel’s aunts and siblings all rushing to give him a cuddle.
Even the golden-headed lion tamarins have been unable to resist the youngesters charms and have been spotted giving little Marcel some TLC.
However, keepers don’t believe Marcel will lay idol forever. The youngster has already taken a keen interest in his surroundings, especially the many visitors who come through Rainforest Life. He’s already been spotted trying to make an escape from his protective family, and it’s believed that in a couple of weeks he’ll be running around the rainforest on his own.
Keepers are hoping that even with his famous name, he won’t be running off to Hollywood anytime soon.