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Monday, May 21, 2012
Lemurs behaved oddly during solar eclipse

The chimpanzees didn't seem to notice, but some 20 lemurs at a Japanese zoo behaved oddly during the solar eclipse, their keepers said.

The ring-tailed lemurs at the Japan Monkey Center apparently believed it was evening: They skipped breakfast, climbed up and jumped between trees and poles, a typical evening behavior, according to the zoo web site. They returned to normal after the eclipse.

"They must be reacting to the eclipse," zoo director Akira Kato told public broadcaster NHK.

The "ring of fire" eclipse — Monday morning in Japan, Sunday evening in the United States — was broadcast live on TV in Tokyo, where such an eclipse hasn't been visible since 1839. Japanese TV crews watched from the top of Mount Fuji

Ring-tailed lemurs look on as children view a solar eclipse at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama city, central Japan on May 21, 2012. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages)
and even staked out a zoo near Tokyo to capture the reaction of the chimpanzees - who didn't seem to notice.

A light rain fell on Tokyo as the eclipse began, but the clouds thinned as it reached its peak, providing near perfect conditions.

"It was a very mysterious sight," said Kaori Sasaki, who joined a crowd in downtown Tokyo to watch event. "I've never seen anything like it."

Millions of people across a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the Western U.S. turned their sights skyward for the annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Being bullied impacts monkeys' immune systems

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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Monkeys on the Rampage

Monkeys on the Rampage

Hungry Monkeys in Tabanan, Bali Invade Villages and Destroy Crops

Bali News: Monkeys on the Rampage


The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

According to, in their desperate search for food, the emboldened monkeys are now venturing into the homes of local villagers.

In an effort to protect their rice crops and fend off the monkeys, farmers are posting 12-hour watches over their fields. To frighten the animals off, the villagers are using slingshots and air rifles.

One of the local farmers, Gede Ketut Gegel, estimates the number of monkeys at 200. “Before there were only 35 female monkeys led by a single male. Now the population has reached 200,” he explained.

Gegel described the monkeys as hailing from three distinct “banjars” of “groups” – each led by its own “king.” Adding, “groups of monkeys have invaded the villages, including the communities of Nyambu and Panda.”

Similar reports have been made by Nyoman Getera, the religious official (pemangku) in charge of Pura Yoga located in the middle of the Nenggan jungle. He confirmed the monkeys are now a common sight in the villages. He blamed the invasion on a lack of food and the failure by local resudents to make offerings of food to the monkey inhabiting the Pura Yoga Temple he manages.

Getera said he hoped the regional government would pay more attention to the wild residents of the Nenggan jungle. He also reminded the government that the jungle with its population of wild primates has the potential of being developed into a new tourism object, capable of generating tax revenues for the local administration.

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Posted at Saturday, December 17, 2011 by TheL
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Friday, October 07, 2011
Iran Delays Space Rocket Launch

Iran indicated it had yet to reschedule a Kavoshgar 5 rocket launch previously slated to take place in July or August, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday (see GSN, Sept. 8).

Iranian Space Agency chief Hamid Fazeli in June said his nation would fire the rocket into orbit "during the month of Mordad (July 23 to Aug. 23) with a [628-pound] capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometers (74 miles)."

Fazeil did not explain the cause of the delay in remarks reported on Monday by state media.

"One cannot give a set date for this project and as soon as our nation's scientists announce the readiness (of the project) it will be announced," the official said. "Our scientists are exerting continuous efforts on this project ... our colleagues are busy with empirical studies and subsystem testing of this project so it is a success," he added.

Iran wants to deliver a human into orbit in 2020, Fazeil said in March, as his country stated it had fired into orbit a Kavoshgar 4 rocket with a container intended to hold a monkey (see GSN, March 17). Tehran last year indicated it had used a rocket to send several small animals into space (see GSN, Feb. 3, 2010).

Iran's space program has drawn concerns from the global community, as technology used to place objects into orbit can also be applied to ballistic missiles. Worries on the nation's missile capabilities are twinned with suspicions that Tehran is operating a nuclear-weapon drive in the guise of a civilian program. Iran says its atomic activities have no military component (see related GSN story, today; Agence France-Presse/Google News, Oct. 3).

Posted at Friday, October 07, 2011 by TheL
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Happy Birthday Lord Hanuman! The Monkee Menace continues!

On Sunday Hindus across the world will observe the birthday of Lord Hanuman at temples, mandirs and other places of worship. It will coincide with the Christian observance of Palm Sunday. Devotees will wear red, the chosen color of Lord Hanuman, because it represents victory. Special sacrificial offerings will be offered to Lord Hanuman, along with prayers for a harmonious and peaceful co-existence. Lord Hanuman defended the honour of Sri Rama and defeated the evil King Ravana in order to preserve the consciousness of humanity. Sometimes referred to as the Monkey God, Hanuman is considered the embodiment of public service.While celebrations will be going on the "Monkee Menace" continues to plauge the inhabitants of the oddly named South City-1 just south of New Delhi. According to the local paper;
A gang of monkeys has unnerved the residents of South City-1 for the past few days. Recently, a monkey bit around half-a-dozen people in the area and many are afraid to move out of their homes. The residents of this upscale locality have been confronting a gang of 13-15 monkeys that strikes every
two months. Last time it was seen in February.

"One gardener has been bitten without any provocation. Similarly a few more residents of South City-1 have fallen prey to monkey menace,"

Rakesh Sharma, president of South City residents' welfare association (RWA) said: "We have been suffering from the monkey menace for last five years. Around a dozen monkeys come in this locality every year around this time and they create a stir around.

All praise be to Lord Hanuman!

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Security Guard Possessed by Monkee Spirit

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) -- A security guard impersonating a monkey on Thursday caused massive traffic congestion outside Indonesia's Communications Ministry in Central Jakarta.

The Jakarta Globe reported that hundreds of onlookers resorted to praying and chanting to force the security guard, identified as Fika who worked at the ministry, to stop behaving like a monkey and climb down from a tree. The man was swinging from one branch to another, beating his chest and screeching and howling in the manner of a monkey.

Firefighters arrived at the scene, but Fika refused to cooperate with them. Security guards at the ministry tried to help and offered him bananas. 
This, however, failed with Fika eating one of the bananas, including the skin, as he began to hammer his fists against the tree.

A shaman also arrived to "drive away the spirit of the monkey," the newspaper reported. 

After a few hours, Fika finally began to climb down, but when he touched the ground he began walking on his knuckles toward the security post before rolling around on the ground.

He was taken away. No further information was provided.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011
Couch Potato Monkees

From the New Your Times; Today’s Lab Rats of Obesity: Furry Couch Potatoes
Scientist in Oregon are cruelly fattening up Monkees so they can tell what makes humans such lard -asses! I can save them the trouble-it's because they're lazy sacks of shit! Stop the presses! And since when is their an "obese resources" director job? Who goes to school for that? Yeah I wanted to major in theoretical physics, but I settled on making Monkees fat and keeping them that way! Fuck, Republicans want to cry about wasted money, how about we quit funding new ways to torture Monkees! I'm sick of hearing how we need to bust up the unions and get colored folk off welfare, and keep old people from eating or having heat when this shit goes on!

Posted at Sunday, February 20, 2011 by TheL
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Saturday, February 05, 2011
Court restrains monkey killing

Court restrains monkey killing in Himachal

2011-02-06 05:30:00

Shimla, Jan 6 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court Thursday put on hold the state government's decision to allow farmers to shoot monkeys that have been destroying their crops and fruits.

Coming down heavily on the state government, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice V.K. Ahuja directed authorities to stop issuing monkey killing permits.

'The state should have to protect all the beings... by giving permission to kill the problematic monkeys, the state has not understood and applied its mind to understand the basic intent of the Wildlife Protection Act and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,' the bench observed.

The judges directed the government to look for other options to protect crops like use of crackers to scare away the simians, use of rubber bullets and air-guns and sterilisation.

'Such options have not been experimented so far,' the bench said.

The court has fixed March 5 as the next date of hearing.

A large number of farmers have procured permits from the state wildlife authority to kill the monkeys which have been damaging their crops, a move that has angered wildlife activists.

Himachal Pradesh chapter of non-governmental organisation People for Animals (PFA) and central agency Animal Welfare Board of India have knocked the doors of the high court against the animal killings.

The state government has asserted in the court that the permits to shoot monkeys have been given within the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which allows grant of such permits to kill wild animals causing damage to agriculture and humans.

Chief Wildlife Warden A.K. Gulati informed the court that 15 monkeys have been killed in the state under six out of the total 259 permits issued from Nov 1 to Dec 5, 2010. The permits have validity ranging from two to four weeks.

He added that there would be selective killing and no mass culling of the monkeys.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal informed the state assembly Thursday that the monkey menace had reached alarming proportions and that the government had authorised the chief wildlife warden to allow their hunting along with wild boars and blue bulls.

'To check their rising numbers, the government has sterilised 23,428 monkeys so far. The sterilised monkeys were later released in their natural habitats,' he said.

The wildlife wing estimates that monkeys, numbering over 300,000, mainly target cereal and fruit crops, causing extensive damage mainly in Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Una, Mandi and Kangra districts.

Posted at Saturday, February 05, 2011 by TheL
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
New Population of Yellow-Tailed Wolly Monkee Discoivered!

Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), has announced the discovery of an unknown population of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda). Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, rated number 71 on the EDGE's list of world's most endangered and unique mammals and listed among the Top 25 Most Endangered primates in the world.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Biggest Monkey In Africa!

Monkey god statue 'biggest in Africa'

Oct 24, 2010 12:00 AM | By NAWHAL KARA

Temple officials decided to erect the mammoth statue - expected to cost about R1.2-million - three months ago during a meeting to discuss plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in the country.

In Hinduism, Hanuman is revered as the brave monkey deity and disciple of Lord Rama who fought against the demon king Ravana. He is also an incarnation of Shiva.

Project co-ordinator LC Maharaj said the statue, which is 13m high, including the umbrella over the head of the deity, was "in praise of the Almighty, without which the survival and success of Indians in South Africa would never have been possible".

He said the statue, which still requires plastering and painting, would be officially unveiled at the beginning of December. According to his research, there are no larger Hanuman statues in Africa.

"The Hanuman murthi is not only for Hindus in Chatsworth, but for all religious people - Christians, Muslims and Hindus around the world to feel vibrations from this amazing structure.

"We are working late into the night to ensure the figure will be completed by November 16 to coincide with the anniversary of the arrival of Indians. But there are so many different celebrations happening that date that we will have our unveiling in the first or second week of December."

Maharaj said they initially considered commissioning two contractors from India to oversee the project, but opted to use a local contractor instead.

"The atmosphere at our temple has been unbelievable. Devotees have volunteered their services to our worthwhile cause, and despite the great progress made so far, we still require some funding."

He appealed to community members to contribute to the completion of the project.

Contractor Umash Harripershad, who is working on the statue, said: "We have used 12 truckloads of ready-mixed concrete in this project, 53 tons of which went into the foundation alone. The temple provided the design."

He said despite working with a staff of only six to eight untrained devotees and a couple of casual workers, the project, which should have taken 12 months, would be completed in a quarter of that time.

Harripershad had been on a strict fast and had been sleeping on the floor for the past three months as a sacrifice for the work he considered "honourable".via Times Live

Posted at Sunday, October 24, 2010 by TheL
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