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Stud monkey Casanova a huge hit with the ladies

Stud monkey Casanova a huge hit with the ladies
Male squirrel monkey Purus sits in his enclosure at the Bergzoo in Germany during a quiet moment between trysts.
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BERLIN (AP) — A German zoo says it's sending a monkey Casanova to the Czech Republic because he's produced so many offspring that he may soon start having children with his own relatives.

Halle Zoo monkey keeper Jutta Heuer told The Associated Press Tuesday that her 25 female adult squirrel monkeys had rejected all other males and have only been mating with 10-year-old Purus, who arrived in 2009.

He's now sired about 50 offspring — some of which went to other zoos, but many are now reaching the age of sexual maturity. Heuer says that could cause problems like genetic defects if they were to breed.

So he's soon off to the Zlin Zoo, just in time for mating season.
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