April 2008

Probably the most disturbing story we’ve posted in a long time. From The Daily Mail:

A male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish.

It is the first time one has been seen using a tool to hunt.

The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja, where apes are rehabilitated into the wild after being rescued from zoos, private homes or even butchers’ shops.

Monkeying around: An orangutan clings precariously to overhanging branches in a desperate bid to spear a passing fish

“Orang hutan” means “forest man” in one of Indonesia’s many languages and our long-armed cousins do indeed show a remarkable ability to mimic our behavior.

This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River.

Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.

The image is part of a series taken for a new book, The Thinkers of the Jungle, which also includes the first photograph of an orangutan swimming.

Look. This is the only the beginning. First spears. Then slingshots…what’s next? A thermonuclear device? Or more appropriately, a “dirty bomb”?

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Sometimes you can only get people to learn from experience. We’ve warned about how sly monkeys can be but it just doesn’t sink in. From the St. Petersburg Times:

Lex Salisbury figured the island, surrounded by a wide moat, would be a safe, comfortable home for the 15 monkeys rescued from Puerto Rico.

It looks like he underestimated them.

“They ended up outfoxing me and swimming off the island,” said Salisbury, the chief executive of Lowry Park Zoo. “I think they’re more street-smart than a zoo monkey.”

Zoo monkeys are no idiots. They have all that free time to plot and scheme, while street monkeys have to work all day and plot when they have the spare time.

The animals, called Patas monkeys, arrived Thursday at Salisbury’s Safari Wild property in Polk County. By Saturday, they had vanished.

Since then, Salisbury has tried to round them up and bring them home.

On Tuesday evening, he was still searching. (more…)

Once again, we humans are helping out the punkeys train and prepare to overthrow us. From The Scotsman:

IT IS a home fit for the king of the swingers. The new £6m Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo houses the world’s largest chimpanzee enclosure and is expected to be a major draw when it opens to the public this week.

The 11 chimpanzees kept by the zoo have acclimatized to the three ‘zones’ within the enclosure as experts monitor their behavior.

Head keeper Jo Richardson said they settled “within a matter of days”. “Chimpanzees are an amazing species to work with,” she added. “What this house allows the chimps to do is show all of their mental and physical capacities.”

Don’t be fooled. These chimps are having a meeting to take over the planet. It’s very similar to our meetings. Boring and not much gets accomplished. But they are meeting. (more…)

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We here in America aren’t the only ones struggling with obesity. Take a look at these tubbies in Japan. From asahi.com

SAKAI, Osaka Prefecture–Though they might worry about their own waistlines, visitors to Ohama park here don’t seem to be bothered by its roly-poly “metabolic monkeys”–in fact, they happily overfeed them.

The rise in primate rotundity is alarming the municipal park’s overseers.

Visitors love to offer the macaques snacks, bread or even leftovers from their meals, officials say. And the monkeys love to chow it all down.

The park has no full-time zookeeper. Some 50 Macaca mulatta monkeys roam in their enclosure.

Some have grown so big they are two or three times heavier than average weight.

Many monkeys find it too hard to move in the 420-square-meter enclosure.

Visitors react with insults or pitying comments, the officials said.

Nothing hurts more than low self-esteem. Poor plump punkeys.

One official says he has had to explain that a particular monkey with a swollen abdomen isn’t pregnant–it simply has a pot belly.

I’ve run into the same problem with ladies at our office. Sorry Suzie! (more…)

More monkey mischief in New Delhi (Occupied Territory). This time turning off the power after a theft. From Thaindian:

The Indian capital, New Delhi, is famous worldwide for its monkey menace, especially during the summer months.

People living in Delhi have grappled with the monkey menace for many years now, and over the past decade, things have gone from bad to worse.

Tuesday was no different. Most parts of Central Delhi, and especially the up-market business district of Connaught Place and neighboring Janpath, had no power for several hours, becoming victims of the monkey menace.

Hungry monkeys attacked a `Chole Batura vendor, took away his items and climbed onto high-tension cables providing power to the area. One of the monkeys fell onto the main power transformer in the Janpath area, which caused a short circuit, and led to a blackout. (more…)

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