Teeny tiny womb
May 23, 2011 6:09 AM   Subscribe

A rare black lion tamarin at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust gave birth by c-section last month (via). The c-section was necessary because, though tamarins usually give birth to twins, this mother had only a single baby that was too big to deliver naturally (adult tamarins weigh about 600 grams).

This baby black lion tamarin is the first born outside of Brazil in 8 years. Like the golden lion tamarin, black lion tamarins have been targeted for captive breeding programs because of habitat loss. The Golden Lion Tamarin is one of the success stories of captive breeding, with hope for reintroduction to the Brazilian Cloud Forest.
posted by ChuraChura (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Awww, that little guy looks sleepy.

Hope Mom recovers from the C-section okay. That's not something nature has prepared her for. I wonder if she has to wear the cone thing so she doesn't get at the stitches? Hopefully she can't reach them!
posted by misha at 6:37 AM on May 23, 2011

Tamarins always look so serious.

And do not confuse them with tamarinds, because it is not nice to eat monkeys.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:47 AM on May 23, 2011

Someone needs to explain to me why a graphic video of a C-section is super-adorable to me when performed on a tiny monkey when it's ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING when I see the same video involving humans even when it's obviously the exact same surgery. Tiny things are cuter? I have a serious malfunction? Inquiring minds want to know. I'm all, "EEEEE! Tiny surgical field!"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:49 AM on May 23, 2011

Reminds me of when my little 1 1/2 pound ferret had to have surgery to remove an intestinal blockage. Poor little tiny animal!
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:05 AM on May 23, 2011

Tamarind tastes awful, by the way.
posted by Malice at 10:12 AM on May 23, 2011

Oh, my.

I know this makes me a Terrible Person Forever, and I would never actually do this, but every time I see a tamarin, all the cute sensors in my brain light up with "Pet! Pet! You want this animal for a pet!"

Incredible captive breeding program. Their dedication to these creatures is a beautiful thing.
posted by Leta at 11:16 AM on May 23, 2011

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