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Passenger Claimed He Had Dried Fish. Not Exactly

US Customs and Border Protection dog flagged bag that held mummified monkeys

(Newser) - A US Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out something unusual in luggage from a traveler returning from Africa—mummified monkeys. After the K9 directed his handler to a specific piece of luggage, the passenger, who was returning from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, reported the luggage...

Company Wants to Breed 30K Macaques in Georgia

Residents say they're worried about escapes from proposed Bainbridge facility

(Newser) - Some local residents and an animal-rights group are protesting plans for a monkey-breeding facility in southwest Georgia. Opponents urged the Bainbridge City Council this week to block plans by a company called Safer Human Medicine to build a $396 million complex that would eventually hold up to 30,000 long-tailed...

Lawmakers to SEC: Musk Lied About Neuralink

They say his statement 'no monkey has died as a result of a Neuralink implant' is false

(Newser) - Elon Musk could be facing yet another SEC securities fraud investigation, this time tied to his brain implant company Neuralink. Four Democratic lawmakers wrote to the SEC on Tuesday, claiming they've seen evidence, including veterinarian records, showing animals deaths occurred that "relate directly to the safety and marketability...

India Deploys Cardboard Monkeys Ahead of G20 Summit

Monkey imitators will also be used to keep primates away from delegates in New Delhi

(Newser) - India is preparing for the G20 summit and its capital city of New Delhi doesn't want world leaders to be harassed or attacked by rhesus monkeys. In a departure from previous anti-monkey efforts, the city is fighting the monkeys with cardboard monkeys instead of bigger monkeys, the BBC reports....

Now 2 Monkeys Have Likely Been Stolen From Dallas Zoo
Missing Monkeys Found
in Abandoned Home

Missing Monkeys Found in Abandoned Home

Cops have monkeys but no answers in latest weird Dallas Zoo incident

(Newser) - Two monkeys taken from the Dallas Zoo were found Tuesday in a nearby abandoned home after a mysterious disappearance the day before, police said. No arrests have been made. Dallas police said that they found the two emperor tamarin monkeys after getting a tip, the AP reports. Police said they...

St. Maarten to Kill All Its Vervet Monkeys

Invasive species is wreaking havoc on island territory, group says, while others call for mercy

(Newser) - St. Maarten plans to cull its population of invasive vervet monkeys, considered a nuisance in the Dutch island territory in the eastern Caribbean, though some are questioning the strategy. There are at least 450 vervet monkeys on the Dutch side of the island shared with France's Saint-Martin, where they...

Scientist's Monkey Research Is Put on Blast: 'I'm Horrified'

PETA, animal behavior experts slam Harvard's Margaret Livingstone for her work; others defend her

(Newser) - A Harvard neuroscientist is drawing backlash for her studies on infant monkeys, as is the scientific journal that referenced the research. Per Science , Margaret Livingstone has studied the primates for more than four decades, specifically monkeys' vision. In some of the experiments she's done, in order to see how...

Attacks Continue After Japanese Monkey Killed

At least 56 people have now been injured by macaques in Yamaguchi

(Newser) - There's one less monkey terrorizing Yamaguchi, Japan , but the problem isn't solved. One of a group of Japanese macaques thought to be responsible for attacks on 56 people in recent weeks was euthanized Tuesday after it was found on the grounds of a high school. The male simian,...

Japanese City Averaging 2.4 Monkey Attacks Per Day

At least 45 people have been bitten or scratched in Yamaguchi

(Newser) - Update: A Japanese city thought it had a problem with one wild monkey. Now, however, it appears the problem is wild monkeys, plural. At least 45 people around the Japanese city of Yamaguchi have been attacked in 19 days, according to a government official. The rare attacks have doubled in...

Researchers Work to Improve Screen Time for ... Monkeys

Encounters with audio, visual stimuli to help build better 'interactive enrichment systems'

(Newser) - Saki monkeys may prefer to listen to music more than the rain and appear more keen to watch underwater scenes than those featuring earthly worms, according to new research, which combined monkeys, screens, and speakers. Researchers at Scotland's University of Glasgow and Finland's Aalto University set up a...

Crash Witness Fell Ill After Face-to-Face Monkey Meeting

Michele Fallon has received antiviral drugs, rabies treatment as a precaution

(Newser) - A woman who witnessed Friday's crash in Pennsylvania involving a truck carrying 100 lab-bound monkeys ended up face-to-face with one of the monkeys, and is now receiving treatment as a precaution. "I thought I was just doing the right thing by helping—I had no idea it would...

2 Monkeys Headed to Lab Escape After Crash
Lab-Bound Monkeys That
Escaped Have Been Caught

Lab-Bound Monkeys That Escaped Have Been Caught

3 were euthanized

(Newser) - Update: The remaining monkeys that escaped when a truck carrying a trailer packed with 100 of them crashed on Friday in Pennsylvania have been captured. The AP reports a CDC rep on Saturday night confirmed all 100 of the cynomolgus macaque monkeys were accounted for and that three had been...

Japanese Macaque Shatters Monkey Glass Ceiling

Yakei, 9, bested her group's alpha and now gets to eat peanuts first

(Newser) - A monkey in Japan got first crack at some peanuts and made history. Yakei, a female macaque monkey at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden on Kyushu, is the alpha of a troop of 677 monkeys. When her troop let her eat peanuts put out by keepers at the park, it...

China Reports First Human Death From Rare Monkey Virus

Veterinarian contracted Monkey B virus, or herpes B

(Newser) - A veterinarian in China has become his nation's first fatality from a rare virus spread by monkeys. The 53-year-old man contracted the Monkey B virus after dissecting two dead monkeys in March and died in May, reports the Weather Channel . The man's close contacts have so far tested...

Woman Invades Spider Monkey Exhibit, Gets Fired

Law firm calls El Paso Zoo stunt 'irresponsible and reckless'

(Newser) - A law firm in Texas has decided it doesn't want to be associated with a woman who was seen climbing into the monkey enclosure at El Paso Zoo and trying to feed the spider monkeys. Lovett Law Firm says the woman was fired Monday after they found out she...

Mystery of Florida Airport Monkeys Has Been Solved

Colony near Fort Lauderdale airport descended from primates captured for medical research

(Newser) - This is what happily ever after looks like. For a monkey, anyway. About 70 years ago, a colony of monkeys showed up near the Fort Lauderdale airport, in a mostly urban area with a small forest wedged into it. They’re friendly, if you call stealing your snacks from...

Monkeys Can Be the Holdup on Vaccines

Experts say the US needs to establish a reserve

(Newser) - One of the obstacles Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies faced in racing to develop their coronavirus vaccines was a shortage of monkeys—which are critical to the testing process. Monkeys share more than 90% of humans' DNA, the New York Times reports, making them researchers' preferred test...

PETA's Monkey Labor Claim Sees Another Big Casualty

Target the latest to drop Chaokoh coconut milk

(Newser) - A brand of coconut milk is slowly disappearing from the shelves of America's retailers thanks to an effort by PETA . Target on Monday confirmed to USA Today that it no longer sells Chaokoh coconut milk after PETA accused the Thai brand of relying on forced monkey labor. Since 2019,...

NASA Killed All Its Monkeys in a Day

27 primates were held at California research center

(Newser) - A few retired monkey astronauts lived long lives in sanctuaries after trips to space—but that wasn't the fate of 27 primates held at NASA's Ames Research Center in California. According to documents obtained by animal welfare group Rise for Animals under a Freedom of Information Act request,...

Unusual Shortage Could Affect Vaccine Research

US doesn't have enough test monkeys

(Newser) - The US needs a coronavirus vaccine. It also needs monkeys on which to test that vaccine, and that's where we have a problem. As the Atlantic reports, there is a national shortage of "nonhuman primates" used in animal testing, most of which come from China. The country provided...

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