Note the vacant simean stare that results from an immature brain. This poor specimen has only just become aware of his surroundings and has been damaged from an over-attentive mother.

And this young hamadryas baboon has had his hair licked off with some excessive tender loving care by his mother.

Reggie was born at Paignton Zoo, Devon, England three weeks ago, weighing 18oz (510g) with a normal covering of hair.

A zoo spokesman said: “Mostly they’re born hairy and stay hairy, but in this case the mother has been over-zealous.”

Phil Knowling added: “It will grow back and he will be fine, but he is a baboon curiosity at the moment.”

No information is available on whether the Washington chimp will recover but informed sources strongly doubt it.

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