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Fota’s Most Famous Primate Passes away - RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes

Fota’s Most Famous Primate Passes away - RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes

On Saturday 7th July one of the oldest Spider monkeys ever recorded, Ol’ Blue Eyes, died at the very old age of 48 and ½ years. Rangers and staff at Fota Wildlife Park were heartbroken to learn that she passed away from a brief age-related illness on Saturday morning - as she was one of the best-loved and well-known residents. Ol’ Blue Eyes originally came to Fota Wildlife Park from Chester Zoo in 1993.

The average life expectancy of a spider monkey is 27 years, so at almost 50, she was certainly one of the oldest of her kind ever recorded. Her name derived from her very unusual eye colouring -  striking blue – which is not a general characteristic of Spider monkeys which usually have black fur and dark coloured eyes.

RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes from all at Fota Wildlife Park.