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Hidden Monkey Causes a Stir on Flight to Vegas

A passenger was allegedly stowing the monkey in his shirt

(Newser) - Airline officials say they called for help after a passenger was found stowing a monkey in his shirt during a Las Vegas-bound flight, the AP reports. Frontier Airlines spokesperson Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas. Oliver says the passenger... More »

Monkey See, Monkey Fall, Monkey Cause National Blackout

Primate that fell on transformer is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - A "rogue" operative caused a nearly four-hour power outage across Kenya on Tuesday, the BBC reports. That agent of blackout chaos: a monkey that fell onto a transformer of the country's leading electric power-generating company, per the AP . In a statement on its Facebook page , accompanied by a... More »

Cops Easily Find Suspect, Thanks to Monkey on His Back


(Newser) - Surprisingly, not a story about a metaphor: Police in Washington state were able to easily track down a suspect because he had a monkey on his back. More precisely, a marmoset, the Seattle Times reports. In a Facebook post , cops in Burien say a 30-year-old man was traveling at 112mph... More »

North America's 1st Monkey Crossed a Sea to Get There

And it arrived 18M years before scientists thought possible

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered evidence that monkeys arrived in North America 18 million years earlier than previously believed, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature . And they were truly impressive monkeys indeed. The newly discovered Panamacebus transitus had to somehow cross the 100 miles of water that separated South America... More »

Chimp Escapes Zoo, Refuses to Go Back

Chacha scaled a power pole after escaping a Japanese zoo

(Newser) - A chimpanzee named Chacha briefly lived out his King Kong fantasies Thursday after escaping from a Japanese zoo, the AP reports. According to the Japan Times , Chacha was discovered missing from his cage at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai around 1:20pm. The zoo was locked down, and workers... More »

Surgeon Says Monkey Head Transplant Was Success

He plans to do it on a human in two years

(Newser) - A "maverick surgeon" claims to have successfully put one monkey's head on another monkey's body, bringing the doctor one step closer to the first human head transplant, New Scientist reports. Sergio Canavero announced his plans for a human head transplant as a treatment for paralysis last year.... More »

Judge: Monkey Can't Own Copyright to Its Selfies

PETA vows to keep fighting the good fight

(Newser) - A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, a federal judge said. US District Judge William Orrick said Wednesday that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no... More »

What Loud Males May Be Saying About Their Balls

Primatologist lays it all out in 'calls-and-balls' paper

(Newser) - You know what they say: the louder the calls, the smaller the balls. OK, so maybe they don't say that, but they could start following research published Thursday in Current Biology . The Salt Lake Tribune reports researchers discovered the smaller a howler monkey's testicles, the deeper and louder... More »

Cops Called Over Monkey Gobbling Up People's Mail

Zeek the monkey was hungry

(Newser) - Residents of Sanford, Fla., were a little surprised to look outside this week and see a monkey perched on their mailbox—eating the mail. Turns out Zeek the monkey had escaped from his home Monday morning and was ready to play with police responding to a call, Mashable reports. "... More »

Japanese Zoo Sorry It Named Baby Monkey 'Charlotte'

Naming macaque after England's new princess has proved a royal pain

(Newser) - A month ago, no one would have said boo about the name chosen by a Japanese zoo for its new baby monkey. But a month ago, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana hadn't yet entered the world, and now Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden is fielding a "barrage of complaints" about... More »

Spoiled Monkey Named Couple's Sole Heir

Ostracized pair say Chunmun is like son they never had

(Newser) - Indian couple Brajesh and Shabista Srivastava consider their pet monkey to be the son they never had. Purchased as a baby for $8 roughly a decade ago, Chunmun the monkey has helped erase the loneliness the childless couple felt after being shunned by their families over their inter-faith marriage, the... More »

Was 'Hero' Monkey Really Trying to Save Its Buddy?

Answer is not clear, one expert says

(Newser) - A video showing a monkey apparently attempting to revive his companion has gone viral after being posted on YouTube this weekend, but is that really what the monkey is doing? The short answer, according to National Geographic : It's not clear. The rhesus macaques in the video are shown at... More »

Monkeys, Ghosts Can't Hold Copyright: Regulator

Macaque's selfie can't be registered, US office says

(Newser) - The biggest overhaul of American copyright regulations in decades includes some bad news for a photographer whose camera was snatched by a monkey : Only works created by humans can be copyrighted. The US Copyright Office says photos taken by monkeys count as "unprotected intellectual property," Ars Technica finds.... More »

Reason for Cool Monkey Faces? Safe Breeding

Guenons' distinctive features help prevent interbreeding, say researchers

(Newser) - Guenon monkeys are renowned for their colorful, distinctive faces, which vary from species to species. The reason? It's all part of a strategy to help the monkeys identify their own species and avoid crossbreeding with others, new research finds. Guenon monkeys, sometimes known as cheek pouch monkeys, are a... More »

One Monkey Controls Another, Avatar-Style

Brain, spine implants link animals' movements

(Newser) - In the movie Avatar, a paralyzed soldier uses a computer to control a body remotely. In a new study, scientists have moved a little closer to making that story a reality, LiveScience reports. US researchers installed electrodes into a "master" monkey's brain and an "avatar" monkey's... More »

Bieber's Monkey Now Officially a Zoo Exhibit

Mally released from quarantine, will meet other capuchins soon

(Newser) - Mally the monkey, Justin Bieber's former pet , has emerged from quarantine at his new German home three months after the pop star brought him to the country. The 6-month-old capuchin monkey moved into a new enclosure at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, northern Germany, today. He will soon be... More »

Bieber Officially Abandons His Monkey

Mally became Germany's property today

(Newser) - Justin Bieber is now a man (boy?) without a monkey. After little Mally was seized by German customs authorities in March, Bieber was told he'd have to submit a bunch of paperwork (vaccination and import records) to get the capuchin back. But Friday's midnight deadline came and went,... More »

Bieber Owes Thousands for Monkey Vet Bills

Mally now officially the property of the German state

(Newser) - Justin Bieber has now officially ditched his pet monkey in Germany—but he still owes several thousand in vet bills, food and care for the abandoned primate, the AP reports. "You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," says a German customs spokesperson. Bieber... More »

Bieber Doesn't Seem to Want His Monkey

Mally remains in German shelter

(Newser) - Looks like Justin Bieber's monkey might be staying in Germany permanently . Bieber still hasn't produced the required paperwork for Mally since customs authorities seized the 17-week-old capuchin monkey in March, and a customs spokesperson says Mally will remain in the Munich Animal Protection League shelter until they hear... More »

Germany Gives Justin Bieber Ultimatum

He has 4 weeks to pick up his monkey

(Newser) - Justin Bieber is in danger of losing his monkey. Yes, you read that correctly. The singer's capuchin monkey, Mally, was seized by customs agents when Bieber landed in Germany last week and couldn't produce the necessary documents. The 14-week-old monkey has been quarantined in a city animal shelter... More »

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