Lauren was attacked by a monkey

Episode 41,  Jan 17, 2020, 08:00 AM

Lauren was a zookeeper, and part of her daily duties was to bring food and water to the howler monkeys. She loved this family of monkeys, but for some reason the male howler did not like Lauren at all. One day, he saw a brief opportunity to get out of his cage and attack her. This experience led Lauren to leave her job at the zoo and change careers. Now she teaches science, and co-hosts a podcast.

Today’s conversation is with Lauren. A few years ago, Lauren worked at a private zoo here in the United States. And one of her jobs was to take care of the monkeys.

But these weren’t just any monkeys – these were howler monkeys. You want to guess how howler monkeys earned that name? You got it, because they howl.

But it’s probably not the kind of sound you expect to hear when you think of howling. You know, you kind of think of a dog with that kind of high-pitched noise, that’s kind of charming because it seems like they’re trying to sing. Nope, this is something very different. It sounds more like something from The Exorcist. But that’s just what they do.

Part of Lauren’s job was giving the howler monkeys their food and water. But there was one howler in particular that didn’t like Lauren. And one day, he had a brief opportunity to act on it, and he took it.

This experience led Lauren to actually leave her career with animals. She went to graduate school and his now a high school science teacher, teaching Earth Science and Biology. And that knowledge plays a part in the podcast she co-hosts with her fiancé Nick, called Just Na Science. You can check that out at JustNaScience.com.

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Links:

Howler monkeys Wikipedia

Just Na Science podcast