Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lab Tech Found Drunk, Partially Nude, With Monkeys On The Loose

Lab Tech Found Drunk, Partially Nude, With Monkeys On The Loose
A Georgia Health Sciences University lab tech was jailed this week after he was found intoxicated with his pants down in a campus locker room, a GHSU spokeswoman said Friday. Two lab monkeys were found outside their cages, authorities said.

According to a GHSU Police Bureau incident report, a co-worker discovered Coley Mitchell, 32, partially unclothed in a locker room in the Sanders Research and Education Building about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Campus police said Mitchell, a Lab Animal Services technician, was intoxicated and seated in a chair with his pants half-down.

The spokeswoman said two monkeys were found outside their cages in the lab but were confined to the room.

From Eric Millikin via the Augusta Chronicle.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Separated Gorilla Brothers Reunite After Three Years With A Hug

gorilla hug

Officials at a British zoo said a pair of gorilla brothers separated for three years greeted each other with a big hug.

Zookeepers at the Longleat Safari park in Wiltshire, England, said Kesho, 13, has grown into a full-sized adult silverback gorilla since the last time he saw his brother, Alf, 9, but the two primates literally greeted one another with open arms -- hugging, shaking hands and slapping one another on the back -- when they were recently reunited at the zoo, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Full story here. More photos here.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Gorilla Accidentally Hangs Himself In Prague Zoo

Tatu died in the morning while playing on a rope structure in the gorilla wing, the zoo director said.

The young male gorilla, aged five, was the emblematic animal of Prague Zoo, since 2007, birth year.

Indeed, the birth of Tatu was one of the rarest births in captivity and was broadcasted on live on the Internet.

"This is the most tragic event that has happened at the Prague zoo since a flood damaged a large section in August 2002," director Miroslav Bobek said in a statement.

Full story here.

Iran Ready To Launch Monkey Into Space

Iran plans to send a monkey into space following the holy month of Ramadan. Despite economic sanctions and a technological blockade imposed by a US-Israeli-led coalition, the Islamic Republic is making progress in its space ambitions.

­The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) plans to blast a test monkey into orbit inside its Kavoshgar-5 (Explorer) rocket later this month. "All stages of launching the Explorer with living creatures have been accomplished," ISA director Hamid Fazeli announced on Wednesday, as cited by Fars news agency.

The primate plan was first announced in March, but Tehran had to delay the launch to conduct “complementary tests.”

Full story here.