White Tufted Marmoset is a New
World primate who lives
in the forests on the Atlantic coast of southeast Brazil. Of all
the marmosets, they have the southernmost range. They have a grey-black
skin, a touched tail and remarkable white ear-tufts which flop over
more distinctly than the Common Marmoset's. They live in the coastal
forests up to a sea-level of 500 m. They are diurnal and arboreal,
living almost all of their life in the trees. They live together
in small groups of two to eight animals. Their size ranges from
only 14 to 18 centimeters and weigh around 400 grams. Their diet
consists of tree sap, fruit, insects, eggs of birds, flowers and
spiders. Common Marmosets have long limbs and tail which they use
for climbing and have specially designed teeth for extracting gum
from trees. Distinguishing characteristics of common marmosets include
white ear tufts, and a white blaze on the forehead. Little is known
about their reproductive patterns. Gestation is approximately 170
days and births are typically of twin offspring.
we all have
in common is
for the harvest.
and Pee-wee Herman,
and Eliot Spitzer,
and Anthony Weiner
in many respects
but like the rest of us,
they, too, are ripening
for the harvest.
They hang with us
from the same branch,
apples, big and small,
ripening in summer,
withering in fall,
waiting for winter
to conduct its harvest.
Some of us hang
from that branch
what in the name
of God is next.
Others just hang.
not to care.
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Donal Mahoney has had work published in a variety of print and electronic
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