National Geographic : 1956 Jan
118 Spider Monkey, in White Goggles, Swings on Her "Fifth Hand" From finger tip to tail end, this 15-pound primate spans five feet. The naked underside of her sensitive tail tip feels and looks like a kid glove. Her wild relatives range from Mexico to southern Brazil. on the floor it lay, broken to pieces. Prying arms longer than I thought had reached around the meshed bars and appro priated the plaything. Some of the subjects in the color series, I must confess, were fairly easy game. Red-faced Ouakari was so melancholy that he seemed not to care what I did. Disregarding the photographic activities, he sat in his old man's slouch, scarcely stirring (page 111). Unlike the true mon keys, so difficult to keep in focus, the lethargic Slow Loris moved with great deliberation. Even his expression remained unchanged; only the pu pils of the eyes varied, expanding or contracting with the amount of light (pages 110, 114). Roger and Jeannette, the baby orangutans, did not show the aggressive ness that marks the be havior of adult apes.* But having a large cage to roam, the orangs never stayed in focus long. They might be likened to restless, squirming boys and girls who, dressed up for a photographic session, await the first opportunity to get mussed up. Robert F. Sisson and Donald McBain, the Na tional Geographic photog raphers, found the orangs easy to tempt with food, bright objects, or fragrant flowers (pages 112 and 113). After several sittings Roger developed a sensi tivity to the photoflash. * See "Man's Closest Coun terparts (the Apes)," by Wil liam M. Mann, NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, August, 1940.