By Tammy and Lily
Hello I am a Capuchin Spider Monkey. Some call me “Mono Loco”. Some call me “Hey Give That Back”. Some call me “Shoo Go Away”. Blondie calls me “Baby” in a gentle motherly voice and I like that.
I like to sit up in the tree branches and hairless monkey-watch. Some hairless monkeys have the most interesting things on their small patches of head hair. However, I don’t always go in for the close-up examination. I have learned to be selective. One lady socked me with with a rolled up beach towel and shouted “I spent $150 getting my hair done for this trip and now look!” She looked like she had an ant in her hair patch but it was only a dirtball. I could get one of those off anybody.
But Blondie and I are friends. She lets me have anything I find in her hair patch and I give her a tail hug. She likes tail hugs but the first time I wrapped my tail around her neck, she squealed. She holds up a finger when she wants me to come see her. I always taste it and lift up my eyebrows. This make her giggle.
Then, I grab some strands from her hair patch and take a look. Whatever I find it always salty. I think she falls in the water a lot. I see these hairless monkeys do that all the time. It almost looks like they want to get in the water. I find this behavior strange but they do not seem to be as smart as us hairy monkeys.
Sometimes Blondie brings Black Hat Lady with her. Black Hat Lady always acts kind of scared. Usually, I pee on scared people to calm them down but this does not always work. I didn’t pee on Black Hat Lady because she is Blondie’s friend. However, my pee smells so wonderful I would think they would like it. Maybe they can’t even smell.
Black Hat Lady is also funny about tail hugs. A monkey tail gives soft, gentle hugs but these hairless monkeys think they are going to get the old monkey wrench around the neck. I guess since they don’t have a tail, they just don’t understand how wonderful tails are and how good a tail hug is.
Yes, tails are really what makes a hairy monkey superior to a hairless monkey. Maybe they fall in the water because they don’t have a tail for balancing and never use their hands to catch themselves. Poor clumsy things.
And a good tail hug should last five or six minutes. Blondie will usually let me give her a four-minute tail hug before pealing my tail from around her neck. I consider her in tail-hug training.
Then we say good-bye until tomorrow and I go play with my monkey friends in the treetops. They always say, “Why do you go down there and tail hug those dumb hairless monkeys that fall in the water all the time?” I say, “Because they have found some really good treats somewhere and usually keep a little bit of it in their hair.” I don’t tell them that Blondie is also kind of sweet. I don’t want them trying to take my little friend from me.