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The Brown Titi Monkey, photo from Christian ArtusoThe Brown Titi Monkey is a New World primate who lives in the northern Amazon rainforest of Colombia to Brazil and Peru. They have a head and body length of 23-46 centimetres and a tail which is longer than the head and body. The tail is always furry and is not prehensile. Diurnal and arboreal, titis predominantly prefer dense forests near water. They easily jump from branch to branch, earning them their German name, Springaffen (jumping monkeys). They sleep at night, but also take a midday nap. Titis are territorial. They live in family groups that consist of parents and their offspring, about two to seven animals in total. They defend their territory by shouting and chasing off intruders, but rarely engage in actual fighting. Their grooming and communication is important for the co-operation of the group. They can typically be seen in pairs sitting or sleeping with tails entwined. They eat mainly fruits, although they also eat leaves, flowers, insects, bird eggs and small vertebrates. Titis are monogamous, mating for life and the female bears a single young after about a five-month gestation. Twins occur rarely, having been documented in only 1.4% of all births. While the second infant usually does not survive, cases where neighbouring groups have adopted infants are known, suggesting that twins may be reared successfully under certain circumstances. Often it is the father who cares for the young, carrying it and bringing it to the mother only for nursing.


The Glass Prostitute - Ken Poyner Everyone is fragile but when you are transparent whole new sticky career options open for you

Sleep Apnea or Agent Orange: Let's Hear It for Monsanto! - Donal Mahoney Night terrors and uncontrollable trembling are difficult enough without weapons

Fly - Rick Bailey The fecundity of nature is no match for the ingenuity of the suburbs. Or is it?

Lethal Injection - Frederick Pollack When someone is on death row they are fair game seemingly, whatever the stripe of the tormentor

The Flames of Freedom - Iftekhar Sayeed The hot and steamy intrigues of the tropics can have far-reaching effects. (Note: this is the second installment of a two part story)

Slug Boy - Raud Kennedy Another one of Kennedy's animal stories which tells us more about ourselves that perhaps we'd like to admit

My Dinner with Barack Obama - Joel Patterson Once you manage to get past the security and the media hype, the president might be just a guy like anyone else

Pilgrimage - Jessica Morey-Collins Although the story of immigration has been simplified in the public imagination, perhaps putting a face to the people who have recently arrived will change that perception

Mis[sed]information - A. J. Huffman The madness of our societies may well be subject to histrionic reporting, but are these things even happening?

North Korea in Fiction and as Fiction - Stephen Lee Naish Amongst the many villains of the Hollywood action film, terrorists are not quite good enough

Miss Blanton, Teacher - Joan Mazza This is a portrait of what is not said by the teacher every bit as much as what she says

Doppleman’s Double - Michael C. Keith Perhaps it is the very unpredictability of the violence in our society that troubles any attempt to reach out

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