Do monkeys fall out of trees?

Do monkeys fall out of trees?

Monkeys are primate mammals with a tail. They use their long tail to help them grip branches of trees. Their tail also helps them to maintain balance when they are climbing. It is called a prehensile tail. 

Monkeys also have wide hands and feet with sharp nails that also help them grip tree branches. To enable monkeys to swing among the treetops, they have long limbs. 

BBC Wildlife magazine says that monkeys sometimes fall from trees. Almost all species of monkeys fall out of trees sometimes, such as Chimpanzees, Baboons, Macaques, Blue Monkeys, Mangabeys, and Proboscis Monkeys.

Sometimes monkeys are distracted during their play or during fights and fall out of the tree. Sometimes the fall causes death. Smaller monkeys have a better chance of surviving a fall than larger monkeys.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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