man bites monkey

Friday, April 07, 2006

Those phone-stealing monkeys again

"Previously, squirrel monkeys in London Zoo's new barrier-free enclosure were tempted to take visitors' phones.

But since staff covered unwanted phones in an unpleasant sticky substance, the animals were soon put off and gave up their bad habits.

"They are back to their usual pastimes of sleeping and foraging now," said Malcolm Fitzgerald from the zoo."

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Golden Chinese monkey & baby

Like a big fluffy monkey teddy bear holding a little coconut (whilst eating a strawberry, apparently).

A talented monkey is hard to find

From somewhere on the internet:

"The highest-profile campaign of that ilk — CareerBuilder’s office chimp spots that debuted on the Super Bowl — had a shoot delayed a month last year due to talent availability. And Marshall Ross, executive creative director at CareerBuilder’s agency, Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, said the cost of using chimps has risen as much as 30 percent since the popular ads started running in 2004.

“It’s a great time to be a working chimp,” he noted."

Flowery monkey journalism

Someone obviously wants to be writing the screenplay for King Kong 2:

"Maddened by the taste of human blood, its sharp teeth slashing a way through a terrified crowd of pleasure seekers … a giant baboon attacked two women, a man and a boy … singling them out of the crowd and cornering them before leaping at them to inflict ugly wounds with teeth and claws," The Times reported. "For several minutes the infuriated animal, vicious member of the ape family, created a reign of terror on the pier and in the central part of the city as it leaped from victim to victim — suddenly reverting to its jungle instincts to kill." The article detailed how the baboon went straight for Mrs. Irene De Molina of Hollywood.

Look after your mobile

"A troop of mischievous monkeys at London Zoo has had to be retrained after showing too much interest in visitors' mobile phones"

Monday, April 03, 2006

Monkey hat - this year's must have toy

Jessica Alba - not a monkey fan

"Hollywood beauty JESSICA ALBA has hit out at MTV bosses for conning her into kissing a chimpanzee for the Most Romantic Moment Award at MTV's Movie Awards. The 24-year-old actress had been filming a special video insert for hit blockbuster FANTASTIC FOUR, when cheeky MTV producers jumped in to stage the chimp-kiss prank for the annual award ceremony, to be broadcast later this year (06).

Alba reveals, "It was awful. All of a sudden there was a monkey in my arms and I had to do a clip for 'most romantic moment' award at the MTV movie awards. "So the monkey's in my arms and I'm supposed to give her a peck. "She opened her mouth and her tongue is scraping against my teeth. Monkeys' teeth are really long, kind of like a snake.

"Then I had to do it again and she grabbed both of my ears and screamed in my face and showed me all of her teeth. "I thought she was going to bite my face off. I think monkeys should be left in trees."