Cotton-top Tamarin Foster Care

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If you see one of these little monkeys carrying an even littler monkey, you might be tempted to think that you are looking at a mother and her baby - and you would probably be wrong! Cotton-top tamarins learn how to be good parents by babysitting their little brothers and sisters, including carrying them around all day. Cotton-tops who don't get this experience are usually dreadful parents, often abandoning their young. We are exploring ways to teach inexperienced tamarin parents to care for their young, as well as ways to get experienced tamarins to provide foster care for abandoned infants.