Image: A golden snub-nosed monkey eats a peach
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Golden snub-nosed monkey eats a peach in a cage decorated by lotus lanterns at Everland eamusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul on May 9, 2008.
updated 6/11/2009 11:32:14 AM ET 2009-06-11T15:32:14

The Los Angeles Zoo will not get a trio of rare golden monkeys from China as promised, after the city spent more than $7 million to build them a new home and hired a feng shui expert to see that it was suitable.

City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday withholding the monkeys was the Chinese government's decision.

Then-mayor James Hahn went to China in 2002 seeking pandas for the zoo, but returned with the promise of the blue-faced, blond-haired monkeys as substitutes, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

The special exhibit — costing some $7.4 million — was designed to create the sense of a rural Chinese village.

Zoo Commission President Shelby Kaplan Sloan says the zoo will find other monkeys for the space.

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