Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Little Monkey

Leann is quite fond of baby monkeys [1], particularly the smaller ones and the ones with 'funny headgear', as she puts it. Examples of small monkeys: a baby François' Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus francoisi; see here), a baby Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus kandti; see here), baby Golden Lion Tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia; see here), baby Pygmy Marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea; see here), etc. Examples of monkeys with 'funny headgear': a baby Common Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus; see here), a Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus; see here), an Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator; see here and a baby here), etc. So when Lilli started acting like a monkey [2], needless to say Leann was thrilled.

She loves bananas. If she spots some in the kitchen she'll go wild, pointing and begging. A couple times she's even said, "Nana! Nana!"

She can hang on like a monkey. (I'm really impressed by this; I'm not helping her at all—she's just dangling from my fingers.)

She even talks like a monkey.


[1] If it weren't for negative experiences she's had owning other (less-exotic) animals, she might still be tempted to try having one as a pet.

[2] In some of the photos we took when she was born, she kind of looked like a baby monkey, too (e.g. the last photo in this post or the second and fourth videos in this post.

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