Monday, December 29, 2014

Chimps Wear Blankets After Boiler Breaks At Sanctuary

Chimps were left shivering in blankets after their boiler packed in during the freezing weather.

Bosses at an animal centre near Swansea gave them the throws in a bid to keep them warm after the heaters broke down.

The monkeys felt the arctic chill as they waited for the £115,000 biomass boiler to be repaired.

So keepers at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, in Abercrave, gave them blankets.

Graham Garen, who runs the centre, said: "Warmth is key for the animals. They might get flu or pneumonia otherwise.
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"We've had to give them blankets to keep them warm while we wait for the boiler to be fixed."

The chimps have been feeling the cold since Christmas Day, when the pellet-powered boiler broke.

Full story here.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monkey Gives First Aid To Friend Shocked By Wires

Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend -- resuscitating another monkey that had been shocked and knocked unconscious.

The injured monkey had fallen between the tracks, apparently after touching high-tension wires at the train station in the north Indian city of Kanpur.

His companion came to the rescue and was captured on camera lifting the friend's motionless body, shaking it, dipping it into a mud puddle and biting its head and skin -- working until the hurt monkey regained consciousness.

The first monkey, completely covered in mud, opened its eyes and began moving again.

Crowds of travelers watched the Sunday scene in amazement, filming and snapping pictures.

Full story here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Argentina, a Court Grants Sandra the Orangutan Basic Rights

The ape has spent the last 20 years in a zoo

An orangutan named Sandra has been granted certain legal rights by a court in Argentina.

Lawyers for Argentina’s Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) argued that Sandra was a “non-human person” and was being detained illegally in Buenos Aires’ zoo, the BBC reports.

The case rested on whether the court decided the orangutan was a “person” or a “thing” and after judges rejected the writ several times, they finally ruled the ape had rights that needed protecting.

In a similar case earlier this month, a New York court decided that a chimpanzee did not have legal personhood and therefore was not entitled to human rights.

If Sandra’s case isn’t appealed, the orangutan will live out her days enjoying greater freedom in a sanctuary in Brazil.

Full story here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chocolate-Fed Monkey Terrorizes Marseille Until Tasered

For several weeks the monkey had been provoking panic in Castellanne, a northern suburb of Marseille, La Provence newspaper reported.

At one point it even entered a primary school where “it caused bedlam and scratched some of the children” before heading to a senior school where it also left students frightened.

Worried residents have been bombarding police with calls to alert them to the presence of the monkey, that reportedly measured 80cm in height.

“We were given the location but by the time we turned up, it had disappeared. It happened every time,” a policeman told the local newspaper.

According to reports the monkey was abandoned among local youths, with whom it spent most of its time.

It was abused by some of the youths and rather than being fed appropriate food, it was kept on a diet of Kinder chocolate.

All of which could explain its aggressive attitude and why locals were making so many panicked phone calls to police.

Traps were set to try and catch the animal but to no avail.

Finally, after getting one distress call the police located the monkey but as they tried to detain it, the animal bit one of the officers.

So a Taser gun was brought out to neutralize it.

Full story here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wild Bonobo Is Seen Giving Birth, The First Time Such Behaviour Has Been Documented

A bonobo has been seen giving birth in the wild, the first time scientists have ever documented this most personal of moments occurring in the ape’s natural environment...

...During the birth event, which occurred at the Luikotale Bonobo Project field site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the researchers discovered that wild bonobos do not give birth alone.

The new mother, a female called Luna, was surrounded by two other female bonobos offering companionship and support.

The birth also took place high up in a tree, rather than on the ground.

And shortly after the birth, the new mother and other females ate parts of the placenta.

Full story here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Monkey Day 2014!

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!


The only thing scarier than langur monkeys are men dressed as langur monkeys.

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 [Ctl C] + [Ctl V].
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 You say tomato, I say...let go of my tomato or I will gut you like a stuck pig!

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7. Monkey Brain Control Ties for 7th:

Coming soon, Call of Duty: Live Monkey Force One.

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 Don't worry Tommy, you can still be a pinball wizard.

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 [insert Mission Impossible theme song here]

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[inset bone joke here]
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I not an alcoholic, I'm just trying to evolve. 

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 I hate to say it, but I was sticking blades of grass in my ear before it was cool.

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 So, apes don't have rights, but monkeys own their pictures?  Sounds like the banana lobbyists are out of control!
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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 Story Book Farms 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 to their IndieGoGo campaign:

Happy Monkey Day!

Friday, December 05, 2014

New York Court Refuses 'Legal Personhood' Of Tommy The Chimpanzee

The plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit seeking legal rights for a chimpanzee has lost his case—for now.

A New York appeals court this morning rejected the lawsuit, filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, on behalf of Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp kept alone by his owners in an upstate warehouse.

The Nonhuman Rights Project argued that Tommy should be considered a person—in legal terms, an entity capable of having rights, and in his case one specific right: not to be wrongfully imprisoned.

“Petitioner requests that this Court enlarge the common-law definition of ‘person’ in order to afford legal rights to an animal,” wrote the judges in their decision. “We decline to do so.”

Attorney Steven Wise, founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project, said they will appeal the decision to New York’s highest court. “We think the court was wrong in some very fundamental ways,” he said.

Full story here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Study: Unlike People, Monkeys Aren't Fooled By Expensive Brands

In at least one respect, Capuchin monkeys are smarter than humans — they don’t assume a higher price tag means better quality, according to a new Yale study appearing in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology.

People consistently tend to confuse the price of a good with its quality. For instance, one study showed that people think a wine labeled with an expensive price tag tastes better than the same wine labeled with a cheaper price tag. In other studies, people thought a painkiller worked better when they paid a higher price for it.

The Yale study shows that monkeys don’t buy that premise, although they share other irrational behaviors with their human relatives.

“We know that capuchin monkeys share a number of our own economic biases. Our previous work has shown that monkeys are loss-averse, irrational when it comes to dealing with risk, and even prone to rationalizing their own decisions, just like humans,” said Laurie Santos, a psychologist at Yale University and senior author of the study. “But this is one of the first domains we’ve tested in which monkeys show more rational behavior than humans do.”

Full story here.

Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Primate Evolution

Craving a stiff drink after the holiday weekend? Your desire to consume alcohol, as well as your body’s ability to break down the ethanol that makes you tipsy, dates back about 10 million years, researchers have discovered. The new finding not only helps shed light on the behavior of our primate ancestors, but also might explain why alcoholism—or even the craving for a single drink—exists in the first place.

“The fact that they could put together all this evolutionary history was really fascinating,” says Brenda Benefit, an anthropologist at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, who was not involved in the study.

Scientists knew that the human ability to metabolize ethanol—allowing people to consume moderate amounts of alcohol without getting sick—relies on a set of proteins including the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme ADH4. Although all primates have ADH4, which performs the crucial first step in breaking down ethanol, not all can metabolize alcohol; lemurs and baboons, for instance, have a version of ADH4 that’s less effective than the human one. Researchers didn’t know how long ago people evolved the more active form of the enzyme. Some scientists suspected it didn’t arise until humans started fermenting foods about 9000 years ago.

Matthew Carrigan, a biologist at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, and colleagues sequenced ADH4 proteins from 19 modern primates and then worked backward to determine the sequence of the protein at different points in primate history. Then they created copies of the ancient proteins coded for by the different gene versions to test how efficiently each metabolized ethanol. They showed that the most ancient forms of ADH4—found in primates as far back as 50 million years ago—only broke down small amounts of ethanol very slowly. But about 10 million years ago, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a common ancestor of humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas evolved a version of the protein that was 40 times more efficient at ethanol metabolism.

Full story here.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Seattle Neighborhood Embraces Monkey Day With Monkey Themed Decorations

The Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods hope an unusual holiday light display will draw visitors to the area. One-hundred-fifty LED monkeys are hanging inside and outside of businesses, and in the trees along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues. Members of the business association got a grant from the city to help pay for the materials. "Who doesn't love a monkey," organizer Mike Veitenhans said. Full story here. -----------------------------------------