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One Monkey Cuddling

Credit: © Royal Society

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ... One cuddly monkey. The British Royal Society is highlighting its picture…Read More »

with a release of science illustrations for the 12 days of Christmas. This monkey snuggling a kitten came from "Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadreupeds, birds, insects, plants, &c..." by naturalist George Edwards, published in 1764. Of the monkey, Edwards wrote:

"This Monkey was about the size of a large Cat, of a gentle nature in respect of hurting anyone. He loved playing with a Kitten, as most Monkies do...The Cat is added only to decorate the figure... I am informed he is a native of Guiney, on the coast of Africa. He was a very active, lively, diverting good-natured animal: but I was obliged to part with him for want of convenient room...I presented him to a right honourable Lord in Essex, who had a convenient menagery..."

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