HOUSTON – The Houston Zoo is celebrating the surprising birth of a cute blonde monkey whose parents were rescued from Africa in 2006.
Keeper Lucy Dee Anderson was shocked to discover the baby De Brazza clinging to her mother on New Year’s Eve.
Mom, Amelia, and dad, Albert, were rescued from a bushmeat market in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they faced certain death.
The De Brazzas were put in an exhibit together in June, but keepers had no idea they were monkeying around.
How could they resist each other? Adult De Brazzas are some of the prettiest African monkeys, with bright colors offset by shocking red hair.
Amelia calmly grooms and nurturs her new infant, according to Houston Zoo spokesperson Brian Hill. They will be left out of the public eye until the baby is older.