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

Aotus brumbacki (Colombian Llanos)Family
Brumback’s owl monkey (mono nocturno; Aotus brumbacki)

In today’s post, I am going to explore how is the life of a small baby monkey of a Brumback night monkey…

I’m what humans called a Brumback night monkey, a small monkey with big eyes, and almost no nose living in a forest of Colombia. My life started a calm and warm night at the end of the dry season. My mom was in our nest, hiding in a tall tree 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 cleans 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.

In the first weeks of my life, I spend them on 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 us every night. Some nights we sleep in the tall tree nest where I was born, but other times we sleep in a dead hollow palm or a huge fig tree with a couple of deep holes that keep us warm during the day. We mostly move at night, I discover that is why we have those big eyes, that way see at night and find our ways around the forest eating insects and fruits. My mom also cleans my fur and give me my milk every time I ask her. My days and nights pass as I drink milk from my mom’s armpit and sleep in my dad’s back most of the time. There are no other babies in the group, but I have a sister that sometimes cleans my fur and plays with me when our parent is resting…

Two months had passed since I was 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, walking, and jumping in the nearby branches. I usually play with my sister. We jump, run, and bite each other.

I had four months now, I still move on my dad’s back, but sometimes he starts moving ahead and I have to cry so he remembers that I’m still here and need to be carried by him. Sometimes I can also climb in my sister back. 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 of the time I spend exploring and playing with my sister. My mom still gives 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 apart from that I’m scared to jump. My dad helps me in those places, he let me climb on her back and I cross with him, but then he always wants me to go alone again and we fight, he bites me. Some nights my parents and sister let me in some dense branches where I can stay hiding while they move to eat in a nearby tree. I don’t like it much and start calling for them when this happens. 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 sister. I’m a healthy six-month baby of Brumback’s night monkey.

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