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More biological weapons testing on the punkey front. From the London Paper:

ZOO managers have taken Brussels sprouts off the Christmas menu after the vegetable caused an attack of flatulence in their gorillas.

The staff at Chessington Zoo fed the giant apes on the seasonal favourite as they are filled with nutritional goodness. However, they hadn’t reckoned with the gassy qualities of the tiny veggies.

Now the zoo has issued an apology after guests at the zoo expressed their horror at the potent smell that started emanating from the gorillas’ enclosure.

Gorilla keeper Michael Rozzi said: “We feed the gorillas brussel sprouts during the winter because they are packed with vitamin C and have great nutritional benefits.

“Unfortunately, an embarrassing side effect is that it can cause bouts of flatulence in humans and animals alike.

“However, I don’t think any of us were prepared for a smell that strong.”

As if the gorilla house didn’t smell bad enough. We always knew Brussels sprouts were evil, now there is proof!!!

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Even punkeys dress up! Beware:

As this picture reveals, punkeys have been trying to enter human society for a least 100 years. From shorpy.com:

1909. Consul Peter smoking. Peter, famous monkey of the Parisian music halls, was an act at Oscar Hammersteins Paradise Roof Garden in New York. As the subject of Consul Crosses the Atlantic, he was also perhaps the first chimp movie star. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative.

1909. "Consul Peter smoking." Peter, "famous monkey of the Parisian music halls," was an act at Oscar Hammerstein's Paradise Roof Garden in New York. As the subject of "Consul Crosses the Atlantic," he was also perhaps the first chimp movie star. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative.

Video evidence that Punkeys are mobilizing and preparing for a ground assault. Here is the recon video:

And segways are not easy to ride as this picture of the president shows:

Conclusion: Punkeys may be smart enough to become president!!!

Think bobono monkeys are the “Hippies” of the ape world, with their always having hot monkey sex and peace loving ways? Think again. From The New Scientist:

Don’t be fooled by their reputation for altruism and free love – bonobos hunt and kill monkeys just like their more vicious chimpanzees cousins, according to new research.

“Bonobos are merciless,” says Gottfried Hohmann, a behavioural ecologist at Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He witnessed several monkey hunts among bonobos living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and says, “they catch it and start eating it. They don’t bother to kill it”.

Yet unlike chimps, bonobos live in female-centred societies where sex, not aggression, settles differences and enforces social order.

Fruit makes up much of their diet, but the primates aren’t herbivores. Small ungulates called forest antelopes, or duikers, often fall prey to the apes.

These hunts tend to be fairly simple, with a single bonobo cornering a duiker then quickly feasting on the still-living animal as more apes hurried to the scene. Hohmann says he has witnessed a duiker “still vocally blurting as the bonobos opened the stomach and intestines.”

In three successful monkey hunts that Hohmann and Max Planck colleague Martin Surbeck witnessed in the Salonga National Park, bonobos took a more cautious team approach once they spotted monkeys in a nearby tree.

“They fall silent, and they try to go underneath the monkey group, of course remaining undetected,” he says. “Then it’s a sudden rush. Two, three, four bonobos climb up into the trees and try to catch a monkey.” The researchers saw the bonobos successfully nab a redtail monkey and and two Wolf’s guenons.

Males and females hunt together, and females tended to share their spoils, which included the young of two species of monkeys.

The discovery casts doubt on claims that social aggression and hunting go hand in hand, Hohmann says. Some anthropologists suggest that in the million or so years that separate bonobos from chimps, bonobos lost their appetite for violence.

“What a great discovery,” says Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University in Atlanta.

“The chimpanzee literature sometimes depicts bonobos as the less interesting, less human-like, less cultured, less cooperative branch of the family tree,” he says, “and I am not sure this characterisation can be maintained for much longer with this kind of observation coming out.”

However, de Waal notes that predation and aggression are distinct behaviours, pointing out aggressive herbivores such as bison and sociable carnivores such as lionesses as examples. “For me, this finding does very little to change the idea of bonobos as relatively peaceful primates.”

If that’s what they do to their own…what will they do to us?

First they joined forces with the elephants, then dogs, now the punkey forces are trying to court a new ally…White Tigers! From the Sun

THIS cute chimp isn’t just a primate – she is this baby tiger’s BEST mate. (more…)

Watch your backsides, because chimps are too. They can identify a face by recognizing the rump! From New Scientist:

Chimps can match up the faces of group members with photos of their behinds. The ability, researchers say, shows that chimps carry around mental representations with “whole body” detail of chimps they have encountered.

Nice Graphic, eh?
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