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Attacked Infant Reunited with Mom

When her infant son was attacked, this mother howler monkey would not give up on him. Local residents in Playa Garza witnessed the incident when a large male howler monkey aggressively attacked the infant howler. Although his mother tried to protect him, the injured infant fell to the ground. Thankfully, the concerned residents quickly rushed to his aid and called Refuge for Wildlife.

Although the alpha male and the rest of the troop had moved on by the time our team arrived, the baby’s mother stayed in the treetops, worried about her son. The infant was thoroughly examined by our rescue team and was found to have only superficial cuts and bruises. The mother howler was becoming very stressed as she watched us examine her infant because he was crying out to her, making her even more anxious to reach him. Since he did not need long-term medical care, we decided it was best to reunite mother and son immediately.

As our team opened the rescue kennel to release the infant, his mother cautiously moved towards him. Both mother and son were desperate to reach each other. He climbed up the tree towards her and we were so relieved when he finally reached his mother. The very instant the young infant was safely holding onto her back, his mother howler quickly jumped into another tree and they returned to the forest together.

It is common for alpha male howler monkeys to show aggression towards the infants of a troop he has just taken over. Because he wants to create offspring with the females in the troop, a new leader will kill or chase off infants. This way, he ensures that the females will be ready to breed with him quickly. We are not certain that is the reason for this attack, but it is the most likely explanation.

It was incredible to witness the devotion of this mother as she bravely stayed behind to ensure his safety. It was a rare and exciting event to witness.

A Mother’s Devotion to her Injured Son

When her infant son was attacked, this mother howler monkey would not give up on him. Local residents in Playa Garza witnessed the incident when a large male howler monkey aggressively attacked the infant howler. Although his mother tried to protect him, the injured infant fell to the ground. Thankfully, the concerned residents quickly rushed to his aid and called Refuge for Wildlife. Although the alpha male and the rest of the troop had moved on by the time our team arrived, the baby’s mother stayed in the treetops, worried about her son. The infant was thoroughly examined by our rescue team and was found to have only superficial cuts and bruises. The mother howler was becoming very stressed as she watched us examine her infant because he was crying out to her, making her even more anxious to reach him. Since he did not need long-term medical care, we decided it was best to reunite mother and son immediately. As our team opened the rescue kennel to release the infant, his mother cautiously moved towards him. Both mother and son were desperate to reach each other. He climbed up the tree towards her and we were so relieved when he finally reached his mother. The very instant the young infant was safely holding onto her back, his mother howler quickly jumped into another tree and they returned to the forest together. It is common for alpha male howler monkeys to show aggression towards the infants of a troop he has just taken over. Because he wants to create offspring with the females in the troop, a new leader will kill or chase off infants. This way, he ensures that the females will be ready to breed with him quickly. We are not certain that is the reason for this attack, but it is the most likely explanation. It was incredible to witness the devotion of this mother as she bravely stayed behind to ensure his safety. It was a rare and exciting event to witness.

Posted by Refuge For Wildlife on Monday, April 27, 2020