Bhubaneswar: In a piece of happy news amid the rise of COVID-19 cases and looming flood situation in Odisha, a marmoset gave birth to two babies of Nandankanan Zoological Park, here.
The animal gave birth at enclosure number 54 on Saturday. Sadly, only one is healthy and the other one was stillborn; informed zoo officials.
Marmosets (family Callitrichidae) are similar in appearance to squirrels. A marmoset is a tree-dwelling primate that moves in a quick and jerky manner. Claws on all the digits except the big toe aid them in scampering along branches where they primarily eat insects, fruits and tree sap. A marmoset is active during the day and lives in small groups. The gestation period is four to six months, depending on the species.