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Sadly, one of our macaques, Marie Teresa, recently had a stillborn baby which she is holding onto due to her strong maternal instincts.

While this is natural behaviour which you would find in the wild, we understand it may be upsetting to see.

To keep things as normal as possible for Marie Teresa and the rest of the troop, the macaque drive-thru is open to visitors. All our macaques, including Marie Teresa, have access to private areas which they can choose to spend time in.

It could take some time for our keepers to safely retrieve the baby and we are sorry for any distress this may cause.

Why is viewing still open to visitors?

Animal welfare will always be our top priority and it is important to keep things as normal as possible for Marie Teresa and the rest of the troop.

Like many of the animals in our care, all our macaques have access to different areas which they can choose to spend time in throughout the day. This includes private areas away from public view if they would like more peace and quiet.

Does Marie Teresa need privacy to grieve?

It is important for Marie Teresa to be able to choose where she spends her time, and she has access to private areas if she wants more peace and quiet.

Our expert team want to keep things as normal as possible for her and the rest of the troop.

Why have keepers not taken the baby away from Marie Teresa?

It is important to give Marie Teresa the time she needs to grieve due to her strong maternal instincts. Our keepers are monitoring her closely and will only retrieve the baby when her behaviour starts to change and it is safe to do so.

We hope this helps to alleviate any concerns you may have.  We appreciate your understanding at this time.

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