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Saki monkey born at Como Zoo

ST. PAUL -- The Como Zoo's newest Saki monkey came into the world on Saturday, gender unknown. That mystery will be revealed in a month or two. For now, the gender-neutral primate has been nicknamed "Green Bean" after its mother Patty's post-preg...

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ST. PAUL -- The Como Zoo's newest Saki monkey came into the world on Saturday, gender unknown. That mystery will be revealed in a month or two.

For now, the gender-neutral primate has been nicknamed "Green Bean" after its mother Patty's post-pregnancy food of choice.

The tiny Saki monkey went on display in the primate building this week, the latest addition to the sizable family of Patty, age 15, and Milton, age 13.

Patty has given birth six times, including a pair of twins in 2005. She and Milton have been a pair at Como since 2003.

The sex of their newest bundle will remain unknown until facial coloring develops sometime between one and two months old, at which time a baby name will be chosen, said zoo officials. Males are recognizable by their black body and white face, and females retain the brownish-gray color with which they are born.

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A statement from the zoo said Green Bean "looks healthy, alert and is nursing regularly." Keepers estimate the zoo's latest guest weighs well below one pound.

Adult Saki monkeys, which are native to the rain forests of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, typically weigh between three and five pounds and are 12 to 16 inches long, excluding their tail, which is about as long as their body.

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