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1937

First Mandrill to be born in captivity in England

By Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo had many 'firsts'. Dawn made headlines when she was born in November 1937 as it was believed that she was the first mandrill to be born in captivity in England.

George, the new father, however didn't put mother and baby first! He was selfish - grabbing every tasty treat in sight! The keepers therefore moved him into another area, from which he could still see his family.

One newspaper article reported: "Within an hour of its birth the little mite was surveying its home from the arms of its mother, who is nursing it in almost human fashion."

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