Significance to humans

The monito del monte is the subject of some extreme superstitions. Some Andean people regard it as a bearer of ill fortune. Being nimble and inquisitive, and interested in stored food such as fruit, monitos inevitably enter houses from time to time. They do little real harm, but in some places a "colocolo" indoors is believed to be such bad luck that the only way to avert disaster is to move out and destroy the house completely. In actual fact, these animals probably do more good than harm by feeding on a variety of insect pests.

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