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A cotton-top Tamarin -- easily recognizable by the long white crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders -- keeps warm in front of a heat lamp at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida.

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A cotton-top Tamarin -- easily recognizable by the long white crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders -- keeps warm in front of a heat lamp at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo says it’s welcoming refugee critters from the flooded Calgary Zoo. Three cotton-top tamarins and two prehensile-tailed porcupines arriving in the next two weeks will be new animal species for the Winnipeg zoo. It’s one of several zoos taking in animals from Calgary since it was hit hard by flooding in late June.

After arriving in Winnipeg, the animals will undergo the standard 30-day quarantine period at the Assiniboine Park Zoo prior to going on exhibit to the public. Visitors can expect to see the cotton-top tamarins and prehensile-tailed porcupines at the end of August.

One of the smallest primate species, the cotton-top tamarin can be easily recognized by the long white crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders. The prehensile-tailed porcupine is one of several tree-dwelling porcupines from Central and South America.

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