Feature: Monkey Kamala's arrival at London Zoo turns into community affair

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-04 04:10:18|Editor: yan
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LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- London Zoo released video Thursday of its latest arrival, a Hanuman langur monkey, playfully exploring under the watchful eye of her proud mom.

Born to first-time parents, Saffron and Rex, after a 200-day gestation, zookeepers were delighted when they first spotted the tiny pink-faced monkey early on the morning of July 23.

Zookeeper Agnes Kiss said: "To mark the occasion we've called her Kamala, which means lotus flower in Gujarati -- the sign of beauty, fertility and prosperity."

Kamala's upbringing is a community affair, which is natural for Hanuman langurs. Her dad Rex is staying protectively close to his first born, while another female, Lucy, has been spotted carefully carrying Kamala around, giving Saffron mom a well-deserved rest every now and again.

Kiss added: "At the moment she has a pale face and downy dark fur, but it won't be long before her skin turns black and her coat thickens and turns a magnificent silver -- just like her parents.

"She'll also grow into her large ears, which are perfect for picking up subtle noises over long distances. Hanuman langurs act as an early warning system for other wildlife, making loud 'barks' from high in the treetops to warn of a lion's approach," she added.

Hanuman langurs are widespread throughout Asia, and are named after the Hindu god of healing and worship.