The Capuchin Monkey is a New World monkey that lives in natural settings and in places where they are treated as pets.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the adorable Capuchin Monkey:
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The monkey can only be found in a limited section of the world. More specifically, the monkey lives in Central America and in certain countries in South America, including Argentina.
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The name of the monkey is based on a group of friars, The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Explorers in the 15th century found the animal, saw a resemblance to the group, and subsequently named them.
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As for the origin of the scientific name, Cebus, it comes from the Greek language and means long-tailed monkey.
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Some capuchin monkeys are owned as pets. One famous person who has owned one is Justin Bieber.
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Although they can be owned as pets, potential pet owners should know that the adorable animal has a history of being violent. In short, they can be hostile to pet owners at any given minute.
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As previously mentioned, they have long tails. They often have tails that are as long as their body. Their average length is 12 to 22 inches.
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Another interesting fact about the animal is that they spend part of their day taking a nap. If they are not taking a nap, they are usually scavenging for food.
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Their average life expectancy is 15 to 22 years. It should be noted, however, that some have lived for as long as 45 years.
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Compared to other New World monkeys, capuchin monkeys are considered to be the most intelligent. Due to their intelligence, some are often used in scientific experiments.
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The last interesting fact about the animal is that, like humans, they do not like mosquitos. In fact, they kill millipedes, and then take the remainder of the dead insect to use as a repellant against the mosquitos.
“Capuchin Monkey (Cebus capucinus),” Rainforest-Alliance.org.
Laura Smith-Spark and Stefan Simons, “Germany asks Justin Bieber to pay costs of caring for his monkey,” CNN.com.
Sue Manning, “Pet capuchin monkeys can turn on their owners, experts warn,” USA Today.