Baby Howler Monkey Far Cuter Than Expected

A black howler monkey was born with unbelievable amounts of adorableness.

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Smithsonian National Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo
It's a... baby! The Small Mammal House celebrated the birth of a black howler monkey on March 22. The baby's sex has not yet been determined, but the cuteness levels have, and they are at maximum.
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Keepers have been monitoring the family at a distance to allow the parents to bond with the little one. Despite the scary name, the little howler couldn't be more precious.
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The baby \"seems bright, alert, and increases its activity and independence day by day,\" the zoo said. This is the first surviving howler monkey in the zoo's history.\
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So why are they called howler monkeys? \"Their thick necks house a unique voice box, including an enlarged hyoid bone,\" the zoo says, \"that enables male howler monkeys to penetrate three miles of dense forest with a single rumbling growl.\"
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The zoo says the first-time parents, mom Chula and dad Pele, are exhibiting strong parental skills. We're sure this one will get into a great preschool when it's time.
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Zoo visitors can see the howler family on exhibit in the Small Mammal House.
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