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London Zoo's newest arrival thrills crowds

PUBLISHED: 14:53 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:06 16 July 2013

ZSL London Zoo’s baby Francois langur monkey has arrived wearing a golden crown on its head. Picture: Jo Iredale

ZSL London Zoo's baby Francois langur monkey has arrived wearing a golden crown on its head. Picture: Jo Iredale

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Paddington may still be awaiting its royal arrival, but over in Regent's Park an infant has already arrived wearing a golden crown on its head.

ZSL London Zoo’s baby Francois langur monkey has arrived wearing a golden crown on its head. Picture: Jo Iredale
ZSL London Zoo’s baby Francois langur monkey has arrived wearing a golden crown on its head. Picture: Jo Iredale

And - much like the future monarch will have to - three-week-old Chúa is already getting used to living life in the public eye, thrilling crowds at London Zoo with her bright orange fur and crown-like tuft sticking up on her head

But while getting a good look at the little prince or princess is likely to prove hard for mere mortals, having a good gawp at the baby Francois langur monkey doesn’t look like it will prove problematic as she snuggles up to mum Lu Lu.

Indeed, it is hard to believe Chúa - whose name means Princess in Vietnamese - is the product of Lu Lu and dad Neo, who are both black in colour.

This new addition to the zoo is also good news for Francois langurs, one of the world’s rarest monkeys whose populations are declining rapidly because of habitat loss.

- Find Chúa on the zoo’s Royal Baby Trail. To find out more visit www.zsl.org or follow ZSL London Zoo on twitter @zsllondonzoo.

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