Two cute


Today I wandered over to the National Zoo and saw the baby golden lion tamarins, who are just about a month old now. I’ve never seen anything so cute in a zoo in my life. The babies leap on any adult in reach and cling as the adults scramble across branches – clearly raising these babies is a team effort. This photo by RoxandaBear captures the excessive cuteness.

Shortly afterward, an orangutan climbing along the O-line dropped feces on the crowd (he missed). You can trust primates to bring the cuteness and the grossness, in rapid succession. . . they are our cousins, after all.

photo via DCist.


  1. #1 Jennifer Ouellette
    August 22, 2008

    I used to live right near the National Zoo when I was a DC resident (16th Street), and the golden tamarins were my absolute favorite animals. That, and the Bat Cave….

  2. #2 Laelaps
    August 22, 2008

    I need to go back and visit the zoo before the warm weather goes away.

    I wonder if the orang enjoys trying to rain feces on visitors. I figure they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing. I guess we should be thankful they can’t aim well.

  3. #3 Jessica Palmer
    August 22, 2008

    The crowd laughed loudly and gasped in mock horror wth each falling fecal unit, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the orangs have learned that they can elicit funny sounds and motions by doing this!

  4. #4 Alan
    August 22, 2008

    At a few zoos here in the UK they have these or other marmosets and tamarins at liberty – as they are territorial they will stay permanently in a suitable patch of woodland. At Jersey zoo I once saw a troop of about 10 or so run past me along the hand rail. It is the male and older juveniles which carry the babies – they only go back to Mom to feed for the first 6 weeks or so before they are feeding on solids

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