A while back I posted news about an infant squirrel monkey that was being hand-raised where I work. Holiday was incredibly tiny and needy, not to mention cute and very fragile! Well, I am happy to report that she is now four months old, still tiny and needy and cute, but decidedly less fragile! In fact, she is a ball of fire, jumping around so fast that I took about 30 photos before I got one where she didn't look blurry.
Unfortunately, she is also extremely habituated to humans and so can't go back to her troop. She will become an outreach monkey, kind of an ambassador for her kind. And for anyone who thinks that her cuteness translates into her becoming a pet, all I can say is: Don't try this at home! Just imagine having an infant so tiny that she could be eaten by a passing cat, get her hand inside an electrical outlet, or literally climb the walls. Oh, and did I mention the tiny razor-sharp teeth? Or the fact that, smart as she is, she is incapable of ever being potty trained? Thank goodness that one of our co-workers was able to put most of her life on hold for the last 4 months to raise her properly!
In the mean time we have had another baby squirrel monkey born. And
this one is getting even better care... from her monkey mom.