Happy Birthday, Baby Squirrel Monkeys!

Two fresh little faces, partially covered in fur, are now featured at the Oakland Zoo.

The two squirrel monkeys were born May 19 and will be clinging to their mommy's back for their first week. After that, the other monkey mommies in the group will pitch in to help rear the adorable little primates. But they won't be getting any help from the daddy -- squirrel monkey males don't play a part in raising the young.

Our friends at the zoo say the babies will start eating solids at about 20 days and take their first steps in about four months.

You can check out the super-cute babies next to their baboon and chimp neighbors at the zoo's Rainforest section.

This year, the zoo will have extended hours. Starting May 23, 2009, it will be open Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Beginning June 8, 2009, it will also be open longer during weekdays:  9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Oakland Zoo is affordable family fun with admission prices ranging from $7 for children and $10.50 for adults.

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