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March 10, 2011

Rejected monkey comforted by toys

Baby spider monkey Estela is without maternal love and guidance after her mother rejected her when she was born on January 17.

Keepers at Melbourne Zoo are monitoring the tiny primate around the clock, worried that she has not had the chance to develop normally after being emotionally traumatised.

A range of stuffed toys are being used to try and create some warmth and support for the two-month old while she comes to terms with how her mother shunned her.


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