Mango, the Sulawesi black crested macaque, has been happily celebrating his 1st birthday this week at Drusillas Park in Alfriston. Zookeepers spent his birthday morning spoiling him silly and even made him a very special monkey birthday cake.
Mango was born at Drusillas on 15 July 2018 and has been lovingly raised by his Dad, Motek and Mum, Kira.
Head Keeper, Sophie Leadbitter, said: “Sadly, Mango didn’t actually get any of his birthday cupcakes, because his Dad Motek ate them all before he could get at them! We were gutted because we thought Mango might get some of his birthday cake, but Motek ate the lot.
“A hard, but important, lesson in becoming alpha male for Mango. So, although he only got to hoover up the crumbs, he did learn a valuable lesson. At the moment he is bottom of the hierarchy, but one day he will be alpha and will have to teach his own children about the rules of the monkey kingdom…”