The Tale Of The Capuchin Monkeys


Remember Marcel, Ross’s monkey from F.R.I.EN.D.S., who pooped in Monica’s shoe?  

Well, guess what breed it was? Of course Capuchin Monkeys! Capuchin monkeys are really famous on TV and street entertainment probably because they are highly social. They are also disgusting at the same time because they wash themselves with pee! I mean –

brown monkey on tree branch during daytime

Well, read up more to find out all the interesting facts about Capuchin Monkeys and maybe you’ll end up petting one like Justin Beiber? Who Knows!

Capuchin monkeys can be great pets but they need extensive diet and stimulation and they become aggressive when they reach adulthood. You do remember how Marcel kept humping Ross, right? They need company, a lot of space, exercise and activity all the time!   

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They are intelligent animals with great problem solving abilities. Thus, they are used in experiments too. Capuchin monkeys can live up to 45 years. These are found in Argentina and are also scattered around America. 

They can do household chores like microwaving, holding and opening stuff if trained well. Although home environment proves to be a boring place for them. By the way, they poop when they get bored. Good trick, I must say.

black and white monkey on tree branch

They need water just like we do else fall prey to excessive dehydration. Monkeys in close proximity to water bodies may consume crabs.  Also, just like us, they have normal hair and no fur and their skin tans in the sun just like ours.

black monkey on tree branch

Capuchins have long tails and use it to hold stuff. They are aggressive about their territory and only live on trees and, just like other predators, rest and night and hunt in the day. They eat more types of food than other monkeys usually do. The males dominate this breed and fight for leadership and acting roles. 

brown and gray monkey on tree branch

Although some of these species are getting extinct and that’s not a good sign. The Golden-Bellied Capuchin is critically endangered and that requires attention. We should take care of such exotic breeds and let them live their lives to the fullest, free and without fear.

Also check out Gibbons! Sheldon has sympathies for them too!


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