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Ukrainian Refugees Leave Tiny Monkey “Katia” at Border Asking for Zoo Care

Hungary Today 2022.03.11.

A family fleeing from Kyiv left a common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) at the border post in Záhony, saying they would like a zoo to take it in. According to the Nyíregyháza Zoo’s Facebook post, their staff transported the animal to the zoo on Wednesday evening.

The first rescued animal from Ukraine has arrived at the Nyíregyháza Zoo,”

the zoo’s Facebook post announced. They continued:

“The night before yesterday, our park staff picked up the animal, which is now in quarantine.

Our zoo also offered accommodation to the family, but they continued on to Budapest, their final destination, Germany.

Kátya, the little female monkey, was examined by our vet and given a unique identification. At just 14 cm and weighing 200 grams, the animal is mentally and physically well, eating – safely now – her daily diet of fruit, cooked meat, and arthropods.”

The zoo also shared a video of the monkey, which they primarily recorded for the owners “because we know how great it is to have a little joy and reassurance in these times.”

The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is also called a white-tufted marmoset, or white-tufted-ear marmoset and it originates from east-central Brazil.

Featured image via Nyiregyház Zoo’s Facebook page

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