Our lady MJ was posted on @natgeo today by @tbfrost - I remember back then, when she could fit into the palm of my hand!
MJ didn't have the best start in life. Her mother was killed for meat, and she experienced it happening -- the fall, being taken in as a pet .. all of it, which left her confused in this world. She was so young, and needed a mother figure before we were able to introduce her to other monkeys that could later fill that role for her.. or at least help to fill that role.
Once MJ felt safe and comforted, she would cling to us through the day as we did chores and research. She was too young to be kept in an enclosure alone. After a few weeks, MJ was transferred to be with a larger group of young spider monkeys, with whom she will be reintroduced to the wild 💚🐒
This video shows MJ's first day with us at the Center, where she met and fell in love with granadilla and many other jungle fruits!