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These Emperor Tamarin Triplets Were Born the Size of a Thimble

The world’s oldest zoo has welcomed three newcomers – emperor marmoset triplets that already sport tiny whiskers despite being the size of a thimble.


The emperor marmoset is a species famous for its impressive white mustache, and was supposedly named after its resemblance to the last German emperor, Wilhelm II.

Even though they are not yet six weeks old and their tiny bodies are only two inches long, these three newcomers already show signs of their own signature facial hair.

The tamarins were born at the Vienna Zoo, in the Austrian capital, on December 1 and are the first descendants of their parents, Tamaya and Purple.

Zookeepers have not yet been able to determine whether the newborns are female or male. But they’re already keeping the new dad Purple on his toes.


Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck, 270-year-old director of the zoo, explained: “Most of the time, the father carries the kittens on his back. If the little ones are hungry, the mother takes care of feeding them. “


Stephan said that with each passing day, the little monkeys get bolder and are already making their first climbing attempts, supported by their clawed fingers and toes.

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The new family of monkeys is still waiting for the animal godparents. If you want to support the currently closed zoo, you can become a sponsor for 80 euros ($ 97) a month.

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