Dazed & Confused
Following a resounding thud, this dazed and disoriented baby mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata struggles to regain his senses and checks for injuries after falling 30 feet out of the canopy. His mother perched nervously in the shadows above, watched for any signs of movement from the tangled mound of fur and limbs that lay on the rock strewn jungle floor near La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
This rarely seen event is not as uncommon as one would expect, and many times the animal does not survive. Most primarily arboreal creatures such as sloths, monkeys, and iguanas live one misstep away from death or injury.
Happily in this case, after a few minutes, this young howler was able to regain his composure and scurry back to his mother in the treetops, leaping from branch to branch as if nothing had ever happened.