What’s The Deal With These Monkeys — Lazy Or Smart?

Parrots and Pigs are learning if you are still for too long, you’re likely to grow a “monkey on your back.”  Monkeys taking a shine to avian and porcine creatures is somewhat unique in the world of animals; the following story gave me pause and a chuckle — or two.  See what you think, but I have to warn you, the story by David Moye for AOL.News is bloated with puns and quips:

The phrase “I’ve got a monkey on my back” is being taken literally among animals in captivity.

Recently in San Agustin, Colombia, a lazy monkey started doing the animal kingdom’s version of shacking up with a male and female parrot at a countryside hotel.

The owners of the hotel says the squirrel monkey eats and plays with his bird-brained roommates.

Mr. Moye punches a couple of puns through the above paragraph, but it is nothing compared to the forthcoming picture painted by the quipster of the jungle world:

On the other hand, the monkey doesn’t exactly go bananas about exerting himself when he doesn’t have to, so he often hitches a ride to the tree tops by sitting on the back of one of the birds.

The hotel owners, who own the birds, tolerates the monkey most of the time, but, according to photographer Alejandro Jaramillo, they do have to occasionally throw water at him to get him off the birds.

Imagine, “throw water at him,” … does the monkey then slide off,  “like water off a duck’s back?”  Who can can say except those that witness the torrent or droplets, but we have little time to contemplate the puzzle for the pig with a monkey passenger comes into the mix:

Lazy monkeys haven’t quite become an epidemic — yet! — but they are more common than you might think.

For instance, at the Fukuchiyama City Zoo in Kyoto, Japan, a baby monkey named Miwa has been palling around with a young boar named Uribo since they both lost their moms in June.

But is this kind of rainbow connection, peace-love, we-are-all-one attitude common in nature?

Well, sort of, and not really.

Dr. Jason Chatfield, the staff veterinarian and general curator of Jungle Island, a Miami-based theme park that hosts a variety of wild animals, says this sort of inter-species friendship is unusual in the wild.

There’s more to this story by way of explanation, but we have reached the end of monkeys, porkers and birds, except there are two images displayed in the article.  You can see the images and read the rest of the article if you click this link.

Thanks and a tap of the cap to Mr. Moye and AOLNews.com