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Two endangered monkeys die at Louisiana zoo after being left out in cold

General January 14, 2015

A month-old cotton-top Tamarin monkey is seen with its parents at their enclosure in the Biblical Zoo in JerusalemBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Two monkeys belonging to a species that is critically endangered died at a Louisiana zoo after they were left out overnight in the cold by a caretaker, officials said on Wednesday. The cotton-top Tamarins, weighing less than a pound and distinguishable by their shock of white hair, were among three that were kept outside overnight last week in temperatures that dipped into the 30s Fahrenheit at the Alexandria Zoo in central Louisiana. One of the monkeys survived, officials with the city of Alexandria, which owns the zoo, said. …

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