Since I had to stop the van and separate Sissy and Silly Willy on my way to the presentation, I decided to make sure that I took each of the monkeys into the facility in their own separate cage. I was so thankful that I had read the lack of certain sounds and the energy changes in my two monkeys correctly.
****I knew instantly from the sounds that were coming from the cage that the monks had begun playing with each other.
From continuing to listening to the thumps on the cage I also knew that there was a chance that one of them (or both) had chosen to show aggression towards the other one because the thumps were getting louder and louder.
****(SPECIAL NOTE) When you put two monkeys together for playtime it is important to watch their play. One important major difference that is always present in deciding if a monkey is doing regular play or aggressive play is as follows: Look and see what they are doing with their mouths. When two monkeys play happily together they will be chasing each other, running often and then some of the time they will be playing rough housing with each other. When they are rough housing they will be using their mouth on each other giving each other play bites. (It is also normal playtime gesturing for one monkey to chase another one and then turn around and start being the one that is being chased.
****As a monkey is play biting another monkey, their mouth will give you the key to knowing if their play is changing.
When it is fun playtime their mouths will be opened and you can hear movement of air coming from their mouths. I call it their giggle sound. When the play becomes more intense the sound of this air coming from their mouths will stop and the monkeys will start pushing harder on each other as they play. (This is why I became concerned in what was happening with Sissy and Silly Willy in the van cage.)
The smile on Sissy face was what threw me off a bit. If I had been at home I would have been able to fully listen for her play sounds which are often associated with her smile during her playtime.
****(SPECIAL NOTE) I hope this information about monkeys and their play behaviors will be very helpful. Many of you who have monkeys in your home will wish to have “Monkey Play Times” with your monkey and another monkey. I have seen many bites happen to my monkeys usually when play time turns bad.
Often when two monkeys are good friends they just simply let a little nick from a K-9 go without taking issue with it happening. But on the other hand many times I have seen this same thing start the energy to shift between two monkeys and a bite will happen. Good luck with monkey play times. I highly recommend them for single housed monkeys. Remember to watch for their energy and body language to show you how they are doing from this detailed information.
****In the “Living With Monkeys” book I speak often about not engaging in playing with a baby monkey.
****Monkeys who are living in captivity with your family will often treat your family members in the same ways as they would treat the other monkeys that they might be living with in the wild.
****Playing and rough housing with a monkey is never the way to teach them about playing in captivity.
Playing should only be casual type of play as you are joining with imitating their mouth being opened making their giggle noises. Please always remember to never over stimulate them. It is natural for a monkey to take play to the next level when they get older just as I saw it happen between Sissy and Silly Willy. I feel so thankful that I have not ever chosen to play over- stimulating play with my monkeys.
****I have learned a valuable lesson in watching my two “Meet and Greet” monkeys relating with each other during the last two weeks.
I must be prepared for a battle to break out at any time between these two monkeys when they are spending time with each other. It is just a “monkey chemistry thing” that is happening between them as Silly Willy is approaching “Teenage-Hood.”
(On With The Story)
As I was walking down the hallway to visit with the Aheltimzers residents, I was getting very excited to see them once again. When I walked into the large room with the people circled around in their walkers and wheelchairs, it excited me to be welcomed with their smiles and warm sweet words. They were so thankful that I had returned to see them again.
When I brought Silly Willy out from behind the backdrop area, he was excited to see that he was back in a room which he recognized and was full of familiar faces. As I was walking around the room greeting each one of the audience with him, I noticed that he was looking behind me and getting very excited. He became so excited that I had to stop going around the circle. I knew I had to turn around to see what had made him become so excited.
Instantly when I saw her I knew what had caused him to act like that. Silly Willy had spotted a lady who looked very much like my mother who had died last May. I had never even thought about him missing or even remembering my mother who had been in a wheelchair for 4 years. It was a moment of very mixed emotions for me as I am sure you understand.
Silly Willy let me know that he remembers his grandmother who had been so loving to him for his entire life. This was a very special gift that he shared with me and I will always remember that moment in Silly Willy's life.
****Once again I am reminded how very advanced monkey are with their emotions and how they remember people, places and things in such similar ways as we do.
“Living With Monkeys” the book series will give you a better understanding of how monkeys embrace and choose to adapt to their world in captivity with your friends and family.
Go to: www.livingwithmonkeys.com and get your easy to down-load copy of the first book in the series “The Baby Book.” You will be glad that you did especially if you have a monkey or may be thinking of getting one in the future.