Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Monkey Day 2013!

Happy Monkey Day!  Once again, Monkey Day arrives.  And once again, it's time to count down the most interesting, the craziest, the most profound monkey (and primate) news stories of 2013! 

So, without further ado, here are your top 10 Monkeys In The News posts of 2013:

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10. Daredevil Gorilla Walks Across Tightrope 


First he was homesick, but Kidogo, a gorilla in Krefeld zoo in Germany, now appears to be enjoying himself with a walk across a tightrope
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9. Chimpanzees Denied 'Personhood' Status By US Courts


Three New York courts have ruled that captive chimpanzees do not count as “legal people,” swatting back an activist group’s bid to grant them legal rights.

The Nonhuman Rights Project had expected to lose this first round of lawsuits, but the group plans to appeal the decisions as a habeas corpus petition, most likely in early 2014.
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8. Indonesian City Trying To End Masked Monkey Shows  


And nightmare plagued children across the city finally slept soundly for the first time in years...

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7. Monkey Makes Medical History After Having a Successful Liver Transplant From A Cloned Pig


A Tibetan macaque has entered the record books after successfully undergoing a liver transplant using an organ taken from a cloned pig.

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6. First Example Of Whispering Observed In Non-Human Primates: Tamarins "Whisper" Around Disliked Keepers


Yes, those monkeys really were whispering about you behind your back!  Now if we could just figure out what the pigeons have been chatting about.

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5. Tiny Tarsier Fossils Unveiled As Earliest Known Primate


The fossil is thought to be the earliest-discovered ancestor of small tree-dwelling primates called tarsiers, showing that even at this early time, the tarsier and anthropoid groups had split apart.

The slender-limbed, long-tailed primate, described today in Nature1, was about the size of today’s pygmy mouse lemur and would have weighed between 20 and 30 grams, the researchers estimate.
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4. Watch World First - Orangutan Birth Captured Live On Camera At Durrell 


Incredible, never-seen-before footage of the "miracle birth" of a Sumatran orangutan was caught live on video by Durrell Staff.

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3. Chimp With TV Remote Chooses Porn Channels


Try not to look so surprised...

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 2. Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

...or did they?

Speculation Over Iran's Monkey Launch As A Fake


Just because they sent up one monkey, and it came back as a different monkey doesn't mean it was a fake.  After all, I'm pretty sure that's how the Fantastic Four got their start, right?!?!  Did anyone check the monkey over for super powers?!?!

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 1. Monkey Tears Off Baby's Testicle And Eats It During Terrifying Zoo Attack


I'm going to just give a you few minutes to re-read that title...and again...and again...
The mother was changing her son's nappy when the animal attacked, ripping off the testicle before dropping it onto the ground.

An elderly man then reportedly picked up the severed appendage but the monkey snatched it from his hand before scampering away and eating it.
Somebody should have warned them:

Monkey Steals A Peach

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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!

And don’t forget, Monkey Day has chosen Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary to be the recipients of our digital love this year! We urge all Monkey Day celebrants and monkey lovers to please spend a minute and visit their website, “like” them on Facebook, if you have the means please donate or sponser one of their monkeys!  Happy Monkey Day’s Eve!!!
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