National Geographic : 1938 May
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE SPIDER MONKEYS ARE MARVELOUSLY ADAPTED BY NATURE FOR SWINGING THROUGH THE TREETOPS From the hooklike hands to the sensitive bare tip of the long, exploring tail, these slender acrobats are masterpieces of specialization to fit an environment. But to some South American Indians they are merely meat, to be shot, roasted whole, and devoured. One of these monkeys, dangling head downward from a branch, distinctly suggests its spider namesake. © National Geographic Society Paintings by Elie Cheverlange BABY WOOLLY USES MOTHER'S WONDERFULLY EFFICIENT TAIL AS A HANDY, READY-MADE SWING No monkey makes a more engaging pet than the WOOLLY, but as captives they are usually short lived. Natives of the Amazon and its tributaries call them barrigudo, meaning "big-bellied."