Katya with her Monkey Toy
From the book Guide to Modern Domesticated Animals:
History teaches us that we domesticated roving bands of bipedal primates (Thumbkin) repeatedly from 125,000 to 40,000 years ago. It was from these early wild breeds that the wise ancient Alphas selectively bred modern domestic Thumbkins (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) for fine manipulative work where the opposible digits proved such useful traits. Thumbkin have less fur so they can more easily manipulate fire and with their long fingers they can to give that elusive scratch behind the ears that is oh just so good. The long arms and rotating shoulder joints of Thumbkin are also particularly well articulated to be handy for throwing things like balls for play and spears hunting allowing predation by our ancestors of larger animals like the horses and mammoth.
-Kavi AuCoy, Wolfkin Lorist,
Guide to Modern Domesticated Animals
In the photo above Katya is snuggled up with her toy monkey. The idea behind the stuffed monkey is she gets to do what ever she wants with that and in turn she leaves our stuff alone. She also has a tennis ball in a sock and a chew stick to exercise her sharp little teeth. Interestingly she tears the wood apart, is pretty harsh on the sock-ball but monkey just gets carried around and snuggled with, sometimes shaken but never torn up.
Outdoors: 19째F/-1째F Sunny, Quite Windy, 4″ Snow over night
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