man bites monkey

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Watch out for that p..

From somewhere on the internet:

"Popular Science's No. 10 worst job caught our attention: Orangutan-pee collector. Anthropologist Cheryl Knott of Harvard is a pioneer of "noninvasive monitoring of steroids through urine sampling." Translation: Look out below! Knott and her colleagues have been studying the endangered primates in Borneo. Once a subject is spotted, they deploy plastic sheets like a firemen's rescue trampoline. For pee-catching precision, they attach bags to poles and follow beneath the animals. 'It's kind of gross when you get hit, but this is the best way to figure out what's going on in their bodies,' Knott says."

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