ALEXANDRIA, LA (KPLC) - Two cotton-top tamarins have died at the Alexandria Zoo after being left out in the cold by a caretaker, city officials said.
The Alexandria Town Talk reported the animals, some of the smallest primates in the world, died Wednesday night and the caretaker has been placed on leave.
"The incident is under investigation," David Gill, the city's public works director, told the Town Talk. "The employee is on administrative leave and has been removed from any animal care. This appears to have happened as a result of human error."
According to The Primate Info Net, cotton-top tamarins are critically endangered and there are only 7,800 left in the world. They are native to Columbia and average 9.1 inches in height, weigh between 14.5 and 15.9 ounces and live around 13.5 years.