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What is a baby monkey called?

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A baby monkey is called an "infant." Monkeys and apes are genetically close to humans, so sharing the same names for their young seems appropriate. All animals are given baby names at the time of birth.

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What is a baby monkey called?
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Adult monkeys have great paternal instincts when caring for the young. Close attention is given to basic cleansing and grooming needs. The adult monkey watches over the infant during rest and personal development time. During nursing hours, the adult monkey is sensitive and attentive. The adult mother maintains a close bond with the infant and never lets the infant out of sight for too long.

Marmosets and tamarins are usually born in multiples, but the mothers don't bear the brunt of responsibility for raising the youngsters. Unlike other species, the father takes the lead role with the mother only feeding the infants. The pygmy marmoset is the smallest of the monkey species and weighs around 4 ounces when it is an adult.

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