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EV­ERY­ONE is go­ing ba­nanas over this baby boy, who is now des­per­ately seek­ing a mon­key moniker.

Hav­ing been kept close to mum since his birth five weeks ago, the tiny spi­der mon­key has only just been iden­ti­fied as a male. Now his keep­ers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, need help de­cid­ing be­tween a short­list of names: Sil­vano, Mico, Rafael, Rico and Ale­jan­dro. Keeper Sasha Brook said spi­der mon­keys are en­dan­gered: “Hav­ing a boy is such ex­cit­ing news be­cause there is a real short­age of males in the re­gion so when he grows up he’ll be re­ally, re­ally valu­able for breed­ing.”

Pic­ture: TOBY ZERNA

The black-handed spi­der mon­key at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

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