Monkey Talk

By IndyKids Staff

Scientists studying rhesus monkeys on an island near Puerto Rico found that female monkeys use “monkey baby talk” when they are around other monkeys’ babies.

Like human baby talk, this “motherese” language is more high-pitched and song-like than communication between monkey adults. The researchers think the female monkeys do this in order to get the babies’ attention and also to let other females know they want to admire and play with the baby.

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