A case of adoption of a 1-month-old howler infant by an adult female spider monkey living in captivity and its development over a six-month period are reported. The female had adopted a spider monkey infant two years before the interspecific adoption reported here. The female displayed a strong maternal response toward the howler infant and also produced milk and fed the infant.
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Estrada, A. A case of adoption of a howler monkey infant (Alouatta villosa) by a female spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). Primates 23, 135–137 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02381444
- Animal Ecology
- Spider Monkey
- Howler Monkey
- Maternal Response
- Monkey Infant