Last week a young female spider monkey was turned in to the environmental authorities by a lady that lives in Llojeta, La Paz. She had stated to them that she had found the monkey and that she had turned it in because it (the spider monkey) had bit her daughter, which we believe is a lie. We suspect it is the same lady that had turned in two capuchin monkeys before, and she has been warned before regarding the law on wildlife possession which she seems to dismiss. She did not “find” the monkey, but probably bought it and decided to turn it in because it bit her daughter.
The small female monkey has a hard time going to sleep, to do so she needs to suck on the ear lobe of the caretaker, in this case Carlita and Gloria, both LSV staff. She was probably separated from her mother when she was very young, and has the trauma of not breastfeeding enough.