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Colombia: San Fe zoo celebrates return of spider monkey.

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A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction.

The monkey was born on Sunday at the San Fe zoological park in Colombia’s second city, Medellin, but so far staff know little about it, Carolina Diaz, the flora and fauna coordinator, said.



“We still don’t know if it’s female or male because we try to leave the baby with its mother in the most natural way possible,” said Diaz.

“Right now, the baby is completely dependent on its mother.”

The black-haired monkey weighs around one kilogram (2.2 pounds) and is about 20-centimeters (eight inches) tall. It is the third such birth in the zoo since 2012.

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The San Fe zoo now has 20 spider monkeys, although Diaz expects that number to rise as one male and several females amongst them are fertile.

“The coming year we’ll probably have more births,” she added.

Spider monkeys, whose natural habitat is tropical rainforests, are among the 25 most endangered primates in the world.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the species is in critical danger of extinction.

Diaz blames that on the destruction of their habitat for livestock and agriculture as well as hunting and illegal trafficking.

In Colombia, the monkeys live on the banks of the Magdalena river, the largest in the country.

It’s been a time of many celebrations in the San Fe zoo over the last few days, with the births of a squirrel monkey, three grey crowned cranes and two pygmy marmosets.

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Havana Tornado: Cuba warns citizens to stay off street to avoid more casualties.

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A powerful Havana Tornado has hit cuba, crippling the activities of the day, and the authorities have warned the people to stay off the street.



The authorities have been communicating updates on any development to the people through media platforms to keep them aware of the development thou revealing that Part of the capital is completely dark and they heavy winds overturned vehicles, uprooted trees and lamp posts.

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A source has confirmed that the firefighters and ambulances rushed about on rescue missions, their flashing lights giving light to blacked out areas.

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President Miguel Diaz-Canel confirms the incident stating, that the demage is severe, after visiting the cuban capital city.

“As of now we mourn the loss of three human lives. 174 injured people are receiving aid” He added that several emergency teams were working hard to restore power to blacked-out areas.

At the Hijas de Galicia maternity hospital staffs were forced to evacuate the building because of storm damage.

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The thernado, spawned by a powerful storm that originated in the Gulf of Mexico, hit western Cuba with winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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Scores still missing as deadly flash landslide continues to rock Indonesia

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Head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency said over 3,400 people have lost their homes since the rainfall and strong winds hit heavily in the southern part of Sulawesi island on Wednesday and Thursday when speaking to the news agency.



However, he urge the residents to locate the temporary shelters that have been set up by the disaster mitigation agency in helping ensuring safety.

The authorities has confirmed that southern part of Sulawesi island suffered massive casualties, with 42 people found dead, adding that they are also working with volunteer in search of the missing ones,the major roads have been blocked prompting to lunch helicopter to deliver and monitor the situation.

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Those evacuated were given refuge in schools, mosques and tents. At least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.

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On Thursday, the agency said that while flooding in the province was receding “the search and evacuation process is still ongoing”.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster agency has also notified the people that the Parts of Makassar were overpower with floodwater,

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The floods have paralyzed the activities of the state also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.

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