For about the next thirty minutes, my male/female duo and my nameless monkey pair vocalized back and forth. And evidently they worked out all that needed to be worked, because long about 6:45 AM, my female led her male and juvenile back across the main trail towards the landscaped portion of their territory, away from these intruders. Vocalizing along the way, GN led me to the other territorial extreme, where my male and female continued to call in the direction of GE (a neighboring titi family). Before this week, I would've told you that was weird. But after a brief scuffle with GE on Wednesday, I have a feeling GN vocalizing in GE's general direction will become the norm.
|Male, juvenile, and female|
After securing all borders, my male, female, and juvenile settled down to feed on some Lauraceae fruits and some red Fabaceae flowers. A busy morning full of odd encounters and twice as much vocalizing is exhausting, so my titi family spent the rest of the morning lounging around in some of their usual resting trees. The female nursed the infant, the male groomed the female, and the juvenile played with the male. Just another day in the life. Also, watching my male and juvenile play is absolutely precious. Our little infant even got in on the playing action. Slowly, but surely, that tiny monkey is becoming more and more curious and independent. It's no longer unusual to find the little one resting on the branch next to mom and dad (as opposed to resting on the male's back), or climbing around and exploring the nearby branches.
|Male with infant|
My days are full of monkey adventures. I love it. Well...I don't love not being able to find my monkeys some days, and I also don't love the 40+ bug bites I found on my legs this afternoon. Just another perk of field work! Today is my official 7 week-iversary...which means I have reached the halfway point of my Bolivian journey. Time is flying. To my titi family - let's savor these last few weeks together. I'll miss your furry faces when I'm gone. And to my beautiful basset Rosie - I miss you so much! But don't worry, I'll be home soon. And then we can cuddle, and go on long walks, and cuddle some more, and eat string cheese together. And then after that we can cuddle.
|LOVE AND MISS YOU ROSIE! SEE YOU SOON!|
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