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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.




A. J. Huffman

The problem with people today is that they think
based on pseudo-information
                                             al MTV blips
cleverly spoon-fed through bubbly breasted
caster as “news.”  Why,
this year alone we have had
                                  The tot mom
who was acquitted for killing her child.  She knew
her daughter was dead.  Supposedly provided
the court with “detailed” accounts of how (she knew?)
her own father “let” her daughter drown.  Covered
it up.  The general
consensus around the water cooler (male, of course)
is she’s hot so who cares.
                                  Then there is the man
who shot a kid who may or may not have
robbed some houses (no one even seems to have heard
either way, not that it makes a difference).  He followed after
having been told to stay (good dog, arf!) by police.  Didn’t
listen.  Shot the kid with his favorite gun (kid only had
soda to defend) himself, supposedly in defense of
his house (that was a more than a few blocks back).  And it is
okay, ‘cause the kid was black and young and anyone
wearing a hoodie at night deserves/is asking to be shot (says
the overpaid, undereducated mouthpiece).
                                  Now we have a cannibal.
Can-nibal!  Took the entire police force and six bushels of bullets to
(exaggerate much) put the rampaging beast who ACTUALLY ate
a face
           down.  Supernatural?  Or super-bad shooting? (Nah,
couldn’t possibly be that).  Rumored
bath salt abuse (WTF!?!  My grandma loves to soak in bath salts. 
Gets ‘em for Xmas every year.).  Now, corrected/reported it was
only pot in his system . . .
Does this seem right
                                  to anyone?

A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry all available on She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. Most recently, she has accepted the position as editor for four online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press. Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at and!/poetess222.


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