squirrel monkey

noun

Definition of squirrel monkey 

: any of several small soft-haired South American monkeys (genus Saimiri, especially S. sciureus of the family Cebidae) that have a long tail not used for grasping and are colored chiefly yellowish gray with a white face and black muzzle

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Authorities followed a tip that led them to Price's apartment, where the animals, including a squirrel monkey, a skink, three box turtles and two red-foot tortoises, were discovered. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Florida man harbored zoo animals in apartment, police said," 6 June 2018 Be sure to keep an eye out for the two squirrel monkeys that live on the property as well as the swan that lives in the slough. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mother's Day freebies and discounts at gardens, museums and restaurants," 11 May 2018 The havoc-wreaking gang consisted of three spider monkeys and two squirrel monkeys. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Citrus County: Monkey Island, Homosassa River’s Alcatraz," 6 May 2018 The squirrel monkeys in The Monkey Village, which is a walk-through exhibit on the Tropics Trail where there’s nothing between you and the curious, quick-moving monkeys. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo: What to know before you go. A helpful guide for families planning to visit," 11 Apr. 2018 Adolescent and adult squirrel monkeys were trained to press a lever to give themselves infusions of nicotine. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "Monkeys in a nicotine experiment can relax. Their future is looking up.," 26 Jan. 2018 Miss Baker was a squirrel monkey, one of a pair of monkeys that were the first animals to be launched into space and be recovered alive. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, AL.com, "Alabama Trivia: 50 fascinating facts to impress your friends," 19 Dec. 2017 Among wildlife likely to be encountered during the seven days on the boat are pink and gray river dolphins; parrots, tiger herons, laughing falcons and other interesting birds; squirrel monkeys and capuchin monkeys; sloths; and poison dart frogs. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Adventure on the Amazon River, mud on the Taj Mahal and Portugal on the cheap," 1 Sep. 2017 Scientists in Arkansas were using squirrel monkeys to study the addictive effects of nicotine. Jessica Parks, Philly.com, "A 'local hero' unveiled, attempted voter hack, and Center City movie theater | Morning Newsletter," 26 Sep. 2017

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