Friday, May 13, 2016

Scientist discovers gorillas engaging in lesbian sex for the first time

gorilla lesbian sex
A scientist has reported what seems to be the first occurrence of same-sex passion among female gorillas.

Associate Professor Dr Cyril Grueter, a primate expert from the University of Western Australia, was examining the feeding patterns of gorillas in Rwanda when he made the stunning discovery.

He told Daily Mail Australia : "Instead of seeing aggression between females over food we saw them engaging in sexual behaviour which was quite surprising."

Dr Grueter learnt a majority of the female gorillas would turn to each other for sexual stimulation when rejected by males and obviously derived sexual pleasure from the act.


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Monday, March 07, 2016

Two 'naked' chimpanzees suffering from alopecia start mass brawl in zoo enclosure caught on camera



This is the astonishing moment two chimpanzees with alopecia sparked a mass brawl between a group of apes at a zoo.

The video, filmed yesterday at Twycross Zoo at Atherstone, England, shows the two angry chimps, who are completely bald, chasing each other and fighting in their enclosure.

The pair, who are believed to be father and son, begin their scrap by chasing one another and baring their teeth while screeching before the entire group of chimps become involved.


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs Using Only Their Thoughts

Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair. The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and sensation. As the animals think about moving toward their goal -- in this case, a bowl containing fresh grapes -- computers translate their brain activity into real-time operation of the wheelchair. The interface, described in the March 3 issue of the online journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates the future potential for people with disabilities who have lost most muscle control and mobility due to quadriplegia or ALS, said senior author Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., co-director for the Duke Center for Neuroengineering. “In some severely disabled people, even blinking is not possible,” Nicolelis said. “For them, using a wheelchair or device controlled by noninvasive measures like an EEG (a device that monitors brain waves through electrodes on the scalp) may not be sufficient. We show clearly that if you have intracranial implants, you get better control of a wheelchair than with noninvasive devices.” Full story here. -----------------------------------------

Ritualized behavior? Chimps all throw rocks at the same tree



Camera trap footage, taken with no humans present to cause a disturbance, shows one chimp after another pick up a rock and hurl it at the same tree. Rocks pile up at the foot of the tree, which starts to show signs of wear and tear. For some reason, the chimps have picked this particular tree for an accumulation of hurled rocks.

“It was unlike anything I had ever observed among wild chimpanzees,” said primatologist Ammie Kalan. Her team has discovered the behavior in four distinct populations, and it’s possible that more will turn up as they continue searching. What the rock piles mean is an open question, but the discovery of such a distinct and puzzling stone tool use is unquestionably exciting.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Drunk monkey chases bar patrons with large kitchen knife


Some men who were visiting a bar to grab a drink found themselves in some odd, life-threatening trouble when an intoxicated monkey began chasing them with a large knife.

The capuchin had apparently been drinking multiple glasses of alcoholic cacha├ža in the Brazilian bar when it became aggressive.

Eventually, the monkey grabbed a large kitchen knife and began chasing men, but strangely not women, around the building with the weapon.

Unable to get the angry animal to retreat, the bar owner called the fire brigade to come handle the situation.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

First Monkeys with Autism Created in China

First Monkeys with Autism Created in China
Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, an achievement that could make it easier to test treatments but that raises thorny practical and ethical questions over how useful such animal models will be.

Neuroscientist Zilong Qiu of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences says his team has generated more than a dozen monkeys with a genetic error that in human children causes a rare syndrome whose symptoms include mental retardation and autistic features, such as repetitive speech and restricted interests.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon

Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon
The head transplant juggernaut rolls on. Last year, maverick surgeon Sergio Canavero caused a worldwide storm when he revealed his plan to attempt a human head transplant to New Scientist. He claimed that the surgical protocol would be ready within two years and said he intended to offer the surgery as a treatment for complete paralysis.

Now, working with other scientists in China and South Korea, he claims to have moved closer to that goal with a series of experiments in animals and human cadavers.

“I would say we have plenty of data to go on,” says Canavero. “It’s important that people stop thinking this is impossible. This is absolutely possible and we’re working towards it.”


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

George Bush sentenced for listing monkey heads on eBay

George Bush sentenced for listing monkey heads on eBay

A man who tried to sell the heads of monkeys and leopards on eBay has been sentenced.

George Bush, 63, of Riverdale Road, Erith, south east London, also possessed sexual images of animals, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Bush admitted four charges relating to listings on the online auction site which included more than 130 body parts of endangered species.

Among them were leopard skulls and the hands and heads of monkeys. Bush also admitted possessing 71 images of bestiality.


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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Monkey who took selfie can not own copyright to the photo, judge rules

A US court has ruled that a macaque monkey who took pictures of himself cannot own the copyright to the photographs.

The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed last year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who sought the right to administer proceeds derived from photos taken by a monkey named Naruto in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2011, using a camera belonging to British nature photographer David Slater.


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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Knoxville Zoo chimps confront wayward raccoon

It's doubtful a wild raccoon expected a big chimp challenge when he wandered through the Knoxville Zoo.

A few days ago, "Downtown" Randall Brown was visiting the zoo with his son, Will White, when they spotted something unexpected in Chimp Ridge.

A raccoon had somehow gotten inside the chimpanzee enclosure, and had been "treed" by the youngest and most inquisitive member of the group, 7-year-old George. While the other chimps looked on from nearby, George grabbed a stick and was trying to poke the raccoon.


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