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Friday, February 24, 2006

A touching tale of mother and daughter

...and furry monkey suits.

"Today, the two stay in a child-proof pen. Staff stopped wearing their furry monkey suits about December, and Eve and Acara spent their first full night together on Valentine's Day. They are kept in the pen visible to the public, rather than the training enclosure downstairs, and guests have taken delight in watching mother and daughter bond, playing with enrichment toys such as a PVC pipe, puzzle feeder and large sheets of paper."

War-torn monkey veteran

From somewhere on the internet:

"The keepers also have to keep an eye on Alley. She teaches the other apes to vault over the electric fence. This is a trick she had perfected in a sanctuary in war-torn Burundi. Alley was brought to Sweetwaters along with Poco and 18 other "orphans"."

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Monkey Trumps #6 - Ari

Ari - kindly female simian from Planet of the Apes

Fear factor
  • 2
  • 9
  • 8
  • 3
Ability to look disturbingly attractive
  • 10

I'd buy that monkey for a dollar! #8

"his face is nice and bright with only a little paint missing from his nose"

Buy him now and mentally scar yourself for life.

Japan - keeping streets monkey-free since 1802

"They held a drill to prevent a gorilla escaping from the zoo and rampaging through the quake-devastated city.

Using a real gorilla was deemed too risky so another higher primate was pressed into service in the world’s least frightening ape suit."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

We got a mighty chimp convoy

"It turned out to be much more economical to have a trailer built that can accommodate 10 chimps at a time resulting in only 27 trips. A 38-foot trailer complete with air conditioning, a furnice and a window seat for each chimp is ready to hit the road. The trailer will be traveling over 100,000 miles to accomplish the task - the equivalent of driving around the Earth four times!"

Monkeys hate bathtime too - the proof

Hand flapping is just sooo last year

From somewhere on the internet:

"Chimps seem to be the most cultured nonhuman primates. Andrew Whiten from the University of St Andrews in Scotland says that researchers have found a huge range of chimp behaviours in the wild, including complex foraging techniques.

Chimps even adopt what Whitten calls "fads and fashions" that only persist for a short time, such as a hand flapping behaviour that was hip in some young chimps for a while."