More Fun Than a Barrel of Capuchin Monkeys

While it's about that time in the day when I'm seriously craving caffeine, these creatures' name has nothing to do with coffee-colored fur. Capuchin comes from the French word capuce, which means skullcap or hood similar to those worn by Franciscan monks. Because this species has that black head topping, it earns the name of capuchin.

Smart little clowns, capuchin monkeys have tons of energy even as little ones. While these New World monkeys often worked as organ grinders in the 19th century, nowadays they more often serve as assistant animals for people with severe disabilities when they're not living in wildlife parks around the world.

See some of this new family frolicking at Edinburgh Zoo and


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