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Monkey Business: National Zoo Welcomes Tiny Twin Tamarins

The golden-headed lion tamarin family is doing well, the zoo says

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There’s double trouble at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. — and it couldn’t be more adorable.

For the first time in 16 years, the zoo is celebrating the birth of twin golden-headed lion tamarins.

The newest residents at the Small Mammal House were born to 4-year-old mother Lola earlier this month. Zookeepers arrived on Oct. 7 and found Lola caring for the two little monkeys.

They’re the first offspring for Lola and 7-year-old father Coco, the zoo said.

The babies appear to be healthy and strong. Zookeepers are giving the family space to bond, so it may be a little while before we learn their sexes.

Golden-headed lion tamarins are an endangered species native to Brazil. Full-grown adults usually weigh less than 1.5 pounds, according to the zoo.

Visitors can try to catch a glimpse at the Small Mammal House.

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