What is an interesting fact about a white-faced capuchin?


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There are lots of interesting facts about the white-faced capuchin, which is also known as the white-headed or white-throated capuchin (Cebus capucinus).

The white-faced capuchin is native to the forests of Central America.  Although a fully-grown one weighs less than ten pounds, it can live for over fifty years.

Cebus capucinus is one of the most intelligent New World monkeys, and in the top ten list of the most intelligent primates worldwide.  It's clever enough to use tools, and has been seen using sticks to defend itself and its infants from snakes.

The white-faced capuchin displays some behaviour that we can't fully explain yet.  It rubs fruit and other plants into its fur, and sometimes washes its feet with urine (which I wouldn't recommend!).

On a personal note, my favourite member of this species is Marcel, who was Ross's pet monkey in early episodes of the sitcom Friends.  Marcel was played by a monkey called Betsy, who (according to IMDB) also starred in the Nineties movie Outbreak.

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Melinda Moore
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Marcel was really Marcelle?! I feel I have been deceived...
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White Faced Capuchin Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cebidae
Genus: Cebus
Scientific Name: Cebus Capucinus
Type: Mammal
Diet: Omnivore
Size: 35-45cm (13.8-18in)
Weight: 2.9-3.9kg (6.4-8.6lbs)
Top Speed: 56km/h (35mph)
Life Span: 16-40 years
Lifestyle: Troop
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Colour: Black, White, Grey
Skin Type: Hair
Favourite Food: Fruit
Habitat: High tropical forests and wet lowland regions
Average Litter Size: 1
Main Prey: Fruit, Leaves, Insects
Predators: Human, Snakes, Eagles
Special Features: White markings on face and long tail

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