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Video: This Bright Orange Newborn Monkey At Lincoln Park Zoo Is Charming Us Silly

By Stephen Gossett in News on Feb 10, 2017 5:15PM

Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

Bright young things, indeed.

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed it’s latest addition on Monday, a newborn monkey that you’ll be able to spot prettay easily—thanks to its bold, bright orange color.

The infant Francois’ langur is the seventh offspring of proud papa Cartman and mama Pumpkin. Zookeepers said on Thursday they couldn’t tell if the little one is a boy or girl because the infant was so tightly embracing mom. But when he does let go, he should be plenty occupied, according to zoo officials.

“Pumpkin is an experienced and attentive mother and the entire troop is being supportive,” Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy said in a press release. “We recently updated the langur exhibit to include more dynamic elements such as vines, sway poles and pulley feeders, so it will be exciting to see the newest addition of the troop grow more independent and explore the habitat.”

Francois’ langurs are native to parts of China, Vietnam and Laos, but they are endangered due to hunting and habitat degradation.

The newcomer can be seen between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the zoo’s Helen Brach Primate House. But if you want to see the youngster in his fancy orange, you better hurry: Francois’ langurs fade to black within three to six months.