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
and even staked out a zoo near Tokyo to capture the reaction of the chimpanzees - who didn't seem to notice.
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)
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.
Posted at Monday, May 21, 2012 by TheL
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Being bullied impacts monkeys' immune systems
Posted at Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by TheL
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Monkeys on the Rampage
Hungry Monkeys in Tabanan, Bali Invade Villages and Destroy Crops
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
According to Beritabali.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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!
Posted at Friday, April 15, 2011 by TheL
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
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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Posted at Thursday, March 31, 2011 by TheL
Sunday, February 20, 2011
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
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Court restrains monkey killing
Court restrains monkey killing in Himachal
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
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
Posted at Saturday, February 05, 2011 by TheL
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
New Population of Yellow-Tailed Wolly Monkee Discoivered!
Posted at Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by TheL
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
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
Maharaj said they initially considered commissioning two contractors
from India to oversee the project, but opted to use a local contractor
"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
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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