Buffalo Park's Oliver becomes a dad again

TUPELO – Oliver’s done it again.
For the fourth time in the past three years, the infamous lock-picking capuchin monkey is a father.
The newest addition to the Tupelo Buffalo Park amp& Zoo was born on Oliver’s birthday. Oliver’s and Patty’s 5-ounce newborn arrived Thanksgiving Day, the same day his dad was born in 1994.
Oliver gained international fame in 2007 when he escaped his cage twice by picking the lock.
Just like with Stewie, the previous capuchin born to Oliver and Patty, the Tupelo Buffalo Park wants the public to name the new addition to the family. Opie and Giz round out the crew.
Park owner Dan Franklin said fatherhood has seemed to make Oliver grow up a bit.
“He hasn’t left since he became a father,” said Gilbert. “Oliver is a good father. Now when he gets out (of his cage) he just hangs around.”
Patty and the new monkey are doing well. Franklin and his wife are taking care of the newborn and the other siblings at their home because he said Patty hasn’t shown an interest in taking care of them.
“She does good for a day or two then she doesn’t want to take care of them,” said Franklin. “We really don’t know why, but she just does not want to do it.”
Franklin said he hopes the public has fun naming the new monkey.
“We are glad to involve the public in naming the babies,” he said. “It was a lot of fun for everyone last time and we are really looking forward to hearing all the great names people come up with.”
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.


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