Sad Baby Monkey Clinging On To Dead Mum Rescued

A Guatemalan black howler monkey baby was rescued after being found on the highway asphalt, clinging on to its dead mother.

The disoriented baby was rescued in the Palenque-Benemerito de las Americas highway, in the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala, on 20th October.

Its mother was hit by a car and died, and the baby monkey decided to stay with her, as reported in Mexican Newspaper Excelsior.

When the staff of the natural resource conservation consultancy “Yaax Pixam” came to its aid, the baby monkey was still clinging to the dead mother on the asphalt.

Subsequently, the Directorate of Ecology and Environment of the City of Palenque, took over the monkey to deliver it to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).

Credit: @ProfepaOficial//Newsflash
The monkey

PROFEPA, without giving further details, transferred it to a clinic for assessment and medical care, until they determined its final destination.

The Guatemalan black howler (Alouatta pigra), or Yucatan black howler, is a species of howler monkey, from Central and South America.

Guatemalan black howler males are larger than those of any other Central American monkey species.

Their diet consists of leaves in large quantities.

They live in trees in groups of varying sizes but with generally only one or two adult males.

The howling they make is used to easily locate other and to communicate from long distances.

This howling is also used to save energy by not moving as much, as their diet is not very calorie-rich.

The mantled howler is in the red list of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red list, meaning that it may go extinct in the near future.

Credit: H. Ayuntamiento Municipal de Palenque/Newsflash
The monkey being measured

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