A city in Louisiana says an employee's negligence on the coldest night of the year killed two tiny endangered tropical monkeys last month.
Alexandria City spokeswoman Cynthia Jardon says the person had worked at the zoo since 2008 and admitted failing to properly check the cotton top tamarins on Jan. 7. As a result, says Jardon, 12-year-old Kate and her 2-year-old daughter died. The 14-year-old male, Eddie, survived.
Jardon says primates have access to a heated building all day and are routinely locked into that building at night. But she says that night, the zookeeper skipped the tamarins.
Jardon says federal inspectors found that the zoo had provided all required instructions and procedures for care of the monkeys.
Cotton-topped tamarin care: http://www.csew.com/cottontop/enhusbandry/ench5.htm