Your data on MRCVSonline
The nature of the services provided by Vision Media means that we might obtain certain information about you.
Please read our Data Protection and Privacy Policy for details.

In addition, (with your consent) some parts of our website may store a 'cookie' in your browser for the purposes of
functionality or performance monitoring.
Click here to manage your settings.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel

Edinburgh Zoo names newborn monkeys after Taylor Swift
Elf and Zecca will take turns looking after the twins, Taylor and Swift.
The cotton-top tamarins were born on 4 June.

Edinburgh Zoo has welcomed the birth of two critically endangered cotton-top tamarins – and has named them ‘Taylor’ and ‘Swift'.

The newborns’ names were inspired by the presence of the international pop singer in Edinburgh, as ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ arrived in the Scottish capital last weekend.

Taylor and Swift were born in the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) conservation zoo on Tuesday, 4 June, to first-time mum Elf and dad Zecca. The family of four are now living happily together in Edinburgh Zoo’s primate zone.

Despite being tiny when born, baby cotton-top tamarins weigh up to 15-20 per cent of their mother’s weight.

A family unit of cotton-top tamarins will normally consist of two to nine primates.

Parenting duties will be shared between Elf and Zecca, as they take turns carrying the twins on their backs. Taylor and Swift are expected to become more independent at around five months old.

These rainforest-dwellers are critically endangered, as the species sees habitat loss around the world.

With population numbers decreasing, the conservation team are particularly excited about the new arrivals. It hopes that Taylor and Swift will encourage visitors to think about the threats facing wildlife, and consider the action that they can take to protect the environment.

Lorna Hughes, primate team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “It is incredibly exciting to welcome our newborn cotton-top tamarin twins, Taylor and Swift.

“Unfortunately, the species is one of the most endangered primates in the world due to extensive habitat loss, so this birth is really special.”

In honour of the cotton-top tamarins’ celebrity namesake, ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ attendees were offered discounted entry from 7 June- 9 June.

Image © RZSS

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Special imports digital service set to change

News Story 1
 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

Click here for more...
News Shorts
RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.