You ever hear some mother saying to an infant: "Who's the cutest baby in the world?" Not even close.

July 31, 2006—National Geographic News

Imagine the weight of three U.S. quarters in your hand.
That's how much this pygmy slow loris , an ancient primate species, weighed when it was brought last month to the nursery of the San Diego Zoo in California.

After giving birth to the 0.6-ounce (17-gram) male at the zoo on June 24, the mother didn't take proper care of him. Zoo officials intervened and placed the big-eyed baby in the nursery's incubator.

Mother and son have since been reintroduced and now spend a few hours together each day, says zoo spokesperson Andrew Circo. The initial lack of care may be due to the female being a first-time mom, he says, but now she's starting to get the hang of it, and the baby has beefed up to a whopping 2.12 ounces (60 grams).


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