Monkey Forest Tales: Life from the perspective of a Colombian squirrel monkey baby, first 6 months

Saimiri cassiquiarensis albigena (Colombian Llanos)

In today’s post, I am going to explore how is the life of a small baby monkey Colombian squirrel monkey…
I’m what humans called a Colombian squirrel monkey, a small, very agile monkey living in a forest of Colombia. My life started when on a windy afternoon of the dry season. My mom was hiding in a very dense shrub with lots of vines around us, it was a bit dark when I get out. My mom takes me from the middle of her legs and cleanse me with her tongue. Once I was clean she put me in her back close to her neck, where I can hang very tight to her fur and put my tail around her arm. I had a big head and my tiny body is always very close to my mom’s back.
In the first weeks of my life, I spend most of the time in my mother’s back very close to her neck and slowly moving towards the lower part of her back. My days pass as I drink milk from my mom’s armpit and sleep in her back most of the day. She continuously moves around and other females and new babies some times came close to us to rest and eat. I had a brother who sniffs my body and tries to drink milk from my mom from time to time, but she always pulls him away.
Two months had passed since I born and now I move around in my mom’s back when she is not moving, sometimes I even explore a bit farther when she is resting, walking, and jumping in the nearby branches. I usually play with other babies from my age and some others a bit bigger than me. We jump, run, and bite each other, sometimes we roll all over, especially when we are on the ground and our moms are catching insects.
I had four months now, I still move on my mother’s back, but sometimes she starts moving ahead and I have to cry so she remembers that I’m still here and need to be carried by her. I started to try some of the fruits my mom is eating, I like to bite leaves and branches but it doesn’t taste nice. Most of the time I spend exploring and playing with other babies and juveniles. My legs are skinny and not always strong enough to carry me. I’m clumsy.
Now I have six months, I move alone except in some places where the branches are so apart from that I’m scared to jump. My mom helps me in those places, she let me climb on her back and I cross with her, but then she always wants me to go alone again and we fight, she bites me. I eat on my own now, but some times I also drink milk from my mom. I eat almost everything I can catch and sometimes steal some insects and fruits from my mom’s hand. Most of the time I’m playing, jumping and running with all the other babies and juveniles, we are so many, sometimes we make teams and pursue each other.
When it rains my mom always covers me and shares her warm. During heavy rains, all moms and babies get together forming a ball of fur with all of us, babies in the middle so we don’t get too wet and cold. I’m a healthy six-month baby of the Colombian squirrel monkey.
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