Monkeys are not my most favorite animal—that spot has long since been claimed by the red-eyed tree frog—, nevertheless, I do have a very special place in my heart for monkeys. Part of their claim on my heartparts is the fact that, because of the relative closeness of the branches we occupy on the evolutionary tree, monkeys are often very relatable: their mannerisms, social interactions, and facial expressions are pretty familiar.
The biggest part of the reason I love them, though, is an entirely selfish one: I am Monkeytoes. My husband started calling me Monkeytoes not long after we first moved in together, at which point he regularly witnessed the impressive dexterity of my toes. Seriously, the range of things of varying sizes and weights that I can pick up with my feet is …unusual. It’s my low-key super power. I love monkeys because in a strange, round-about way, they remind me that I am loved in all of my relative weirdness.
Bearing that in mind, of course, I felt the need to do something for International Monkey Day! Though, it’s not an official holiday anywhere, it is celebrated worldwide and is meant to celebrate how awesome they are and draw attention to some of the dire situations some of our simian neighbors in the world face. Created in 2000 by two artists—Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin—, International Monkey Day celebrates all things simian, including apes, lemurs, and tarsiers.
So, without any further ado, here are some of the cutest simian gifs I could find!
Oh hai dere!
Everyone could use a hug like that every once in a while.
*entire heart melts into a puddle of AWWWWW*
Monkeys: they’re just like us, part 1. At least, in the “toddlers’ gonna toddler” kind of way.
“I don’t know, Karen. I can’t really tell that the new keratin formula is doing anything for my hair.”
“I’m too sexy for this dog. I’m too sexy for…remaining upright apparently.”
Monkeys: they’re just like us, part 2. We all have *that* coworker.
The reaction gif you never knew you’ve always needed.
Monkeys: they’re just like us, part 3. We all have *that* friend too.
Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.
Extraneous simian bonus:
Watch out for some mild expletives. Bless zefrank1 for his True Facts series.