I've had a fascinating time today, wandering through the Monkey Forest at Trentham, near Stoke-on-Trent.
It's home to 140 Barbary macaque monkeys which roam free in the forest. It's wonderful to watch them swinging through the trees and in their social groups, without the restrictions of cages.
There were lots of baby monkeys, and it was explained to us that male Barbary macaques care for and groom the babies just as much as the females. Several males could be seen carrying the babies on their backs and playing with them while the females sat together watching or chattering to each other ( they really do chatter. ) This male participation in the caring for the young is unusual in the monkey world, but there is some evidence that when it comes to mating, the females show preference for the males who demonstrate their parental skills. Therefore the males want to impress the females by helping to care for all the babies in the group. Everyone wins in this arrangement; the males win the hearts of the females, the females get a great deal of help with childcare, and the babies benefit from lots of love and attention.
I think that human beings could learn a lot from the Barbary macaques.