Monday, December 31, 2012

Daredevil Gorilla Walks Across Tightrope

gorilla tightrope

The 12-year-old silverback moved to Germany from Denmark's Givskud Zoo at the end of March. He was acquired by the German zoo after the previous male gorilla Massa proved to be infertile.

Kidogo, a western lowland gorilla nicknamed 'King Kodo' by his keepers, shares his gorilla garden with females Muna, 23 and Oya, 24. Roughly translated from Swahili, his name means "small".

After he initially suffered extreme homesickness, he has now discovered he is somewhat of an artiste.

This year, Krefeld zoo celebrates its 75 anniversary. A tightrope-walking gorilla would likely be a highlight of any zoo.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Monkey Day 2012!

Happy Monkey Day!  Finally, the yearlong wait is over and once again, here are your top 10 Monkey and Primate News highlights from 2012 to help you celebrate Monkey Day!

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10.  FaceTime For Apes: Orangutans Use iPads To Video Chat


Slutty ape ipad pictures incoming...

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9.  Kanzi The Chimpanzee Can Start A Fire, Cook His Own Food



Well, Kanzi's doing better than about 90% of any of the contestants on Survivor.  At least Kanzi is being taught responsible Marshmallow eating practices.

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8.  Michael Jackson's Chimp Paints $1,500 Abstracts


I'm sure Joe Jackson is kicking himself for letting Bubbles slip away.

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7.  'Chimera' Monkeys Created In Lab by Combining Several Embryos Into One


Roku and Hex from OHSU News on Vimeo.

This is bound to bring a whole new dimension to the Jerry Springer show in about twenty years.



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6.  Baboons Recognize Real Words from Gibberish


Currently on hire for Nick Nolte translation work.

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


"What?  What?!?  Like I need to wear pants when entering data?  Oh, what?  Those monkeys?  Yeah they are just there for motivational support." 

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4.  Zoo Gives Aging Gorilla A Bunny Companion


Awwww....

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3.  Conan Overcomes 2nd Vasectomy To Become Father For The Third Time


You just can't keep a good chimp down.  Conan! What is best in life?  

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2.  Wife Breastfeeds Monkeys To Help Husband's Animal Training


I wish my wife had this kind of dedication to my trade.  Alas, my organic alligator farm residents go to sleep hungry every night.

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1.  Monkey Found Alone At Toronto Ikea, Wearing Coat


When Yasmin Nakhuda suited Darwin up in his winter coat and put him in the car for a little trip to Ikea, she had no idea he was about to be the biggest internet sensation since that ridiculously photogenic guy.  When Darwin was left alone in the car, he decided to venture out on his own and was immediately plastered all over Twitter and Facebook by stunned shoppers (Also seized by Animal Control since owning a monkey is illegal in Toronto).  Here are a few of our favorite memes that have come from this so far:








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Another Monkey Day is here and you are not sure what to do with your self?  Well, how about socializing with some like-minded monkey lovers over at Reddit or Facebook!

Or, how about lifting your spirits and gaining some karma by doing something charitable and donating to some primate sanctuaries in need? Here is an alphabetical list of sanctuaries that are always looking for willing donors, please help them however you can:


Happy Monkey Day everybody!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Species Of Slow Loris Recognized

An international team of scientists studying the elusive nocturnal primate the slow loris in the jungles of Borneo have discovered an entirely new species. The team's analysis of the primate's distinctive facial fur markings, published in the American Journal of Primatology, reveals the existence of one entirely new species, while two of species, previously considered as possible sub-species, are being officially recognized as unique.

"Technological advances have improved our knowledge about the diversity of several nocturnal mammals," said Rachel Munds from the University of Missouri Columbia. "Historically many species went unrecognized as they were falsely lumped together as one species. While the number of recognized primate species has doubled in the past 25 years some nocturnal species remain hidden to science."


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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Monkey Found Alone At Toronto Ikea, Wearing Coat

Animal control came to collect a monkey from a Toronto Ikea store on Sunday, after the animal was spotted in the parking lot.

An Ikea spokesperson told CBC News that the monkey was first spotted in the parking lot of the Ikea store located near Leslie Street and Highway 401.

Staff at the store quickly contacted animal control, and the monkey was kept confined until animal services arrived.

Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala told CBC News that the owners, who were shopping in the store at the time, have come forward to claim the monkey.


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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Michael Jackson's Chimp Paints $1,500 Abstracts

Among the boldface names you won't be expecting to find exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach is Bubbles, Michael Jackson's erstwhile chimpanzee companion.

His paintings — two moody abstracts each priced at $1,500 — feature in "Endangered," a fundraiser in aid of the Center for Great Apes, the sanctuary where he's lived for eight years.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Wife Breastfeeds Monkeys To Help Husband's Animal Training

A Chinese woman has revealed she breastfeeds her student monkeys to keep them happy.

Jiao Xinzhen believes it is the key to the success of her husband Huang Aiqing’s monkey-training school in Central China.

Speaking about her bizarre methods, the 27-year-old said: “Many times, some of the baby monkeys slip onto our bed at night to suck my breasts.”

She added: “I feel like they are just like my children.”

The couple love their chimpan-ions so much they have even adopted a monkey as a second child and a playmate for their human son.


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