Another baby capuchin monkey has been born at Moscow Zoo. The monkey was born in late April, and as it spends its whole time clinging to its mother’s back, it has not yet been possible to identify its sex.
The mother, named Smolli, is already a grandmother, as her daughter Nori, the second female monkey in the family, also gave birth a month ago. The father of both babies, an 11-year-old monkey named Matros, was born at Moscow Zoo, then spent some time living in Yekaterinburg, and later returned back to Moscow.
At around 3-4 weeks, the little capuchins gradually start to climb down from their mothers’ backs and try to feed themselves. The baby capuchins often climb onto the backs of older females or of their older brothers and sisters, who are happy to nanny them. However, they have little contact with adult males.
At 4-5 months, the young monkeys run and climb trees on their own, but try not to go too far from their mother’s side.
Capuchins are distinguished by their long tail that can grasp onto objects (their tails can be between 44-49 cm long, for a body length of between 39-46 cm). They can hang by their tails alone, without using any of their limbs for support. Capuchins eat ripe fruit and insects, but they can also eat various types of snails and spiders, branches, flowers, seeds and roots. In the wild, they live in South America.