Ranga Keo- co makes his zoo de­but

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

HE’S about six weeks old, bright orange and very in­quis­i­tive.

Syd­ney’s Taronga Zoo yes­ter­day pre­sented the lat­est ad­di­tion to its Fran­cois Lan­gur mon­key fam­ily, a baby male called Keo-co ( pro­nounced Key-co).

Born to mother Saigon and fa­ther Hanoi, Keo-co made his pub­lic de­but by ex­plor­ing his out­door en­clo­sure and was brave enough to move about a me­tre away from his mum.

‘‘ He’s quite in­quis­i­tive,’’ zoo pri­mate keeper Rox­anne Pel­latt said.

‘‘ When the keep­ers are around and he’s in his den he’ll stick his head out and have a look.’’

Keo-co’s bright orange fur is quite a sight but he won’t re­tain that vi­brant colour for­ever.

‘‘ His colour will grad­u­ally start chang­ing, start­ing with his ex­trem­i­ties, his tail, his toes, the tip of his head un­til even­tu­ally – at about six months – he will be com­pletely black with just a tiny bit of white on his face,’’ Ms Pel­latt said.

Lit­tle Keo-co is lucky that his mother has taken to him.

Just two years ago Saigon gave birth to a fe­male Lan­gur and things didn’t turn out quite so well.

‘ ‘ Un­for­tu­nately Saigon didn’t know what it was and she was scared of the baby. The keep­ers had to step in and raise it,’’ Ms Pel­latt said.

‘‘ We called her Elka and she lives in an­other en­clo­sure now with a male we im­ported, Bobo.’’

Photo: BRAD HUNTER

BRIGHT EYES: Keo-Ko with his aunty Meili at Taronga Zoo

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