But after this experience, whenever she got pregnant she would kill her offspring, like a simian Beloved, determined that her children should not go through the insanity of occupied life. Am I being anthropomorphic? Perhaps, perhaps not. Infanticide by female animals is rare, while being quite common among males. In one study of tamarin monkeys, mothers would sometimes kill their offspring if they lacked support to raise them. That's a judgment call and perhaps the Qalqilya Zoo monkey made one too, a cross-species judgment. Who can say that she was wrong to do so?
Humans, however, were not willing to let her decide so the director's office--and home--were now under the control of a capricious infant monkey. Draw your own conclusions.