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

SM Junio 2011 282

In today’s post, I am going to explore how is the life of a small baby monkey of a dusky titi monkey…
I’m what humans called a dusky titi monkey, a small fluffy monkey living in a forest of Colombia. My life started a windy night 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 clean me with her tongue. Once I was clean she put me in father’s back close to his neck, where I can hang very tight to his fur and put my tail around his arm. I’m very small and my father’s fur hides me because my tiny body is always very close to my dad’s neck.
The first weeks of my life I spend them in my father’s neck and only got o my mom when she feeds me. My dad takes care of me, cleans my fur, keeps me warm, and takes me with him, everywhere. My mom came close and sleep close to as every night. She also cleans my fur and gives me my milk every time I ask her. My days pass as I drink milk from my mom’s armpit and sleep in my dad’s back most of the day. There are no other babies in the group, but I have another brother that sometimes clean my fur and play with me when our parents are restin..
Two months had passed since I born and now I move around in my dad’s back when he is not moving, sometimes I even explore a bit farther when he is resting, walkin,g and jumping in the nearby branches. I usually play with my bother. We jump, ru,n and bite each other.
I had four months now, I still move on my dad’s back, but sometimes hestartst moving ahead and I have to cry so heremembersr that I’m still here and need to be carried by him. Sometimes I can also climb in my brothers back but not too often, he doesn’t like it much. I started to try some of the fruits my dad is eating, I like to bite everything but it doesn’t always taste nice. Most ofthey time I spend exploring and playing with my brother. My mom stillgivese me milk from time to time. 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 apar from each other, and I’m scared to jump. My dad helps me on those places, he let me climb on his back and I cross with him, but then he always wants me to go alone again, and we fight, he 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 dad’s hand. Most of the time I’m playing, jumping and running with my brother.
We sleep all together in the same branch and my parents, brother and I,  all intertwine our tails together, this makes us feel together overnight and keep us warm, and together. I’m a healthy six-month baby of dusky titi monkey.
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