Sunday, January 5, 2014

Creature Feature #79: Capuchin Monkey

The Capuchin Monkey of South America is a highly social and intelligent primate. In the wild, he lives in troops of up to forty members and exhibits tool use: using stones to break up large fruits. Capuchin Monkeys are frequently studied in laboratories and also kept as an exotic pet. The organ grinder monkeys of the past were often Capuchins, and they have also been trained as greyhound jockeys and as service animals, aiding quadriplegics in their everyday lives. This, naturally, requires fairly intensive training. However, monkeys can become dangerous and also spread disease and do not make particularly good household companions.

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