Meet Hershey, an infant howler monkey. Thanks to our biologist Olivier, I was offered the opportunity to drive north two hours, past San Carlos, to retrieve this newborn orphaned in a coconut plantation. The umbilical cord was still attached.
Age: 3 or 4 days
Sex: Undetermined, probably female
Weight: 9 ounces, or 252 grams
Species: Mantled howler monkey
Female howler monkeys have an enlarged clitoris that resembles a penis. So with no testicles visible, or palpable under the skin, chances are that the baby is female. But time will definitely tell...sexually mature male howlers have a white scrotum readily visible against their black fur.
Our biggest surprise? She was born with teeth!
We're currently feeding her Isomil from a 1 cc. syringe to monitor her exact intake closely. (Thank you for the video Gloria Yeatman!)