As a parent, you’re taught to keep your kids in your line of sight pretty much at all times. Maybe they’re sleeping in the other room and that’s fine, or their aunt or uncle is taking care of them for an evening, and that’s fine. Other than those and some other random places, the kids are in sight.
This monkey in Indonesia knows this lesson, and she isn’t letting that little scamp get away. Even in places that are more monkey-friendly, you can’t just let your kid wander around and get into all sorts of trouble.
Dealing With a Tired Child
Kids will, inevitably, get tired out. Sometimes it can happen at the most random of moments, such as we see in this picture. The little gorilla guy is all tuckered out, and he's just leaning against his mom's leg to stay upright, it looks like. The mom looks like she's in the process of knitting something – look at her hands.
Of course, when Junior comes over and wants some attention, he's going to get some. Dollars to bananas this mom picked the little guy up, curled him into a ball, and rocked him gently to sleep, just like in our favorite documentary. “Tarzan.”
Ready for a Break
These monkeys are red-faced macaques, and we gotta say, they look like two moms that need to have a little bit of a break. The red faces look like makeup that was applied hastily, the wind-swept hair looks like a 'do that hasn't seen a salon in a couple of months, and the younger monkeys seem like a couple of clingy kids.
The dads are off working, or maybe getting a drink at the local watering hole, and the moms are trying to figure out where it all went wrong in life.
Just Hanging Around
As a parent, you want to see your child do well. For human parents, that means making sure they can take care of themselves, go to the right college, get a good job, that sort of thing. But what about animal parents? Things are a little bit simpler for them.
They don't have to teach their kids about things like health insurance or a driver's license. For some orangutans, it just means teaching them how to find the right foods to eat, and how to swing on a branch the right way. Not as difficult.
Kisses From the Kid
Parents get a lot of grief for all their troubles. They get up early, they go to bed late, they work the entire day, and what's their reward? The kids make messes, they scream and cry, and they don't seem to have any idea how much work their parents do to keep them happy.
But then, every once in a while, one of them lets you know that yes, they do appreciate the hard work. This little kiss might not be the biggest thing for the little kid, but for a parent who works hard, it can mean a lot.