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Twin cotton-top tamarins getting bigger

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(Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo) (Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo)
(Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo) (Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo)
(Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo) (Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo)
(Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo) (Source: Saginaw Children's Zoo)

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo's twin cotton-top tamarins are getting big.

The critically endangered animals were born on Sunday, Feb 28 to dad, Gizmo, 6, and mom, Clementine, 10.

Infant mortality rates are very high for baby cotton-tops, due to a variety of reasons, including parents rejecting their young.

But even though Gizmo and Clementine are first-time parents zoo staffers report they are adapting well to their new role. Gizmo has been seen carrying the twins to give Clementine a break, and even pampering Clementine with social grooming. Zoo staffers owe some of the parenting success to the fact that Gizmo interacted with babies at a previous zoo. Cotton-top tamarins share responsibility for young, so he got some parenting experience there.

The twins are still being carried by one of their parents, but at about three weeks old their eyes are open and they are showing signs of becoming more independent. That includes trying to climb off mom, something Clementine isn't ready for yet.

The twins sexes have not been determined yet.

There are only 6,000 cotton-top tamarins left in the wild, so if the twins survive, they would play a vital part in saving the species.

Gestation for cotton-top tamarins is six months, and by the end of her pregnancy, Clementine had almost doubled in size.

The zoo is closed for the season, but you can stay up-to-date on the baby news by clicking here.

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