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.
The Two of Us Together
A young baboon is going for a ride on the back of his mother, hanging on for dear life. Their tails are wound together, and it looks like this is a pretty normal thing for both of them. Just like these baboons, human parents and children will figure out the best way to get through their days.
It, of course, won't have to do with tails tangling around each other for what should be obvious reasons. It might be hanging on the back, though. It depends on the parents. Maybe the kid likes piggyback rides.
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.”
Get Back Here
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.
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.