Six of nine cotton-top tamarin monkeys die at Oregon Zoo

Six of nine cotton-top tamarin monkeys die at Oregon Zoo »Play Video
Six of nine cotton-top monkeys, similar to the one shown here, died a week after arriving at the Oregon Zoo. Veterinarians are investigating the cause of the deaths.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Veterinarians at the Oregon Zoo are trying to figure out why six cotton-top tamarin monkeys died last Saturday.

The monkeys were part of a group of nine that arrived at the zoo a week ago and were put in a standard 30-day quarantine enclosure.

The zoo expects test results that may show why the monkeys died in a few days.

A zoo veterinarian says it's extremely unusual for six animals that appeared healthy on Friday to turn up dead the next day.

The zoo says the remaining three cotton-top tamarin monkeys appear healthy.