It seemed that Coco Monkey had the same problem. We tried to ignore the itchiness, but it got worse the longer we ignored it. We even took another bath in the river—but nothing helped! Finally, Mama Monkey noticed us scratching. She checked us over for turtle pox, but we didn’t have that. Then she asked if we cleaned our belly buttons. We were affronted that she would think we didn’t clean them. Then she asked if we used a stick to clean them out. I asked why that would matter. Mama Monkey took a small stick and jabbed it into Coco Monkey’s belly button. I was astonished! Coco Monkey just squeaked in surprise. Mama Monkey took out the stick and it was covered in mud and shed fuzz and it smelled awful.
Coco Monkey felt bad, especially since I giggled. I couldn’t help it though, it was so GROSS! Mama Monkey turned on me quickly and cleaned out my belly button with a different stick. It was just as nasty and smelly as Coco Monkey’s—how embarrassing! Mama Monkey showed us how to clean out our belly buttons and I promise I won’t forget to do it ever again!
***Art courtesy of Mary C.