Bhubaneswar: A white baby monkey has become a centre of attraction for visitors at Nandankanan Zoological Park, located on outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
In a video posted by the Nandankanan Zoological Park on its official Twitter handle, a stump-tailed macaque is seen holding her baby, who looks whitish, in her arm at an enclosure in the zoo.
I m white thought my mother and father are not Stump Tailed Macaque baby .
Visit Nandankanan to meet me and family @CZA_Delhi @moefcc @CMO_Odisha @ForestDeptt @odisha_tourism @PCCFWL_Odisha @pccfodisha pic.twitter.com/ITNseC3aPl
— NANDANKANAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK (@ddnandankanan) May 7, 2022
The distinctive baby monkey is said to be a stump-tailed macaque species. The infants of this bear macaque species are born white and darken with age . The video was uploaded one month after birth of the baby.
“The babies of this stump-tailed macaque species are born white naturally. They turn brownish gradually with advancement of age,” said a senior official in Nandankanan, informing that the baby monkey is a second child of her mother.
The bear macaques or stump-tailed macaques have thick, long, dark brown fur covering their bodies and short tails. They are covered with long, shaggy fur, but their short tails and faces are hairless and they go bald with age. The particular monkey species are found in northeast region of the country.