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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...

How Monkeys Act After Fires May Be Clue to Our Own Past

Study suggests they recognize its benefits, are drawn to burnt grasslands

(Newser) - The ability to control fire changed the game for early humans, and scientists suggest they may have just gained insight into how the process came about. In a new study in the Journal of Evolution , researchers watched how monkeys behaved after grass fires—and how the primates seemed to realize...

They Tested Positive for COVID. Monkeys Stole Their Blood

Official ambushed at medical college in India with samples from coronavirus patients

(Newser) - There's way too much going on in the world right now, but the monkeys in India apparently don't care. Reuters reports a "troop" of them attacked an official walking on the campus of a state-run medical college in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut and swiped blood samples of...

Scientists Found Teeth in Peru That Shouldn't Be There

Extinct monkeys in South America apparently arrived there by raft from Africa

(Newser) - Archaeologists in the Amazon found four small teeth that had no business being in South America. The teeth are from an extinct species of monkeys from the family of primates known as parapithecids—which once roamed in North Africa. In a new paper in Science , researchers lay out what they...

Wild, Herpes-Infected Monkeys Have Arrived

Rhesus macaque monkeys have arrived in northeast Florida

(Newser) - A species of herpes-infected wild monkeys are roaming around part of northern Florida for the first time, First Coast News reports. Authorities are warning residents of the First Coast—a northeast region along the Atlantic—as grainy eyewitness pics and videos of rhesus macaque monkeys are getting around, "The...

Guards Ward Off Monkeys With a New Weapon

Tourists suffer at least two monkey attacks per month

(Newser) - In a bid to ward off marauding monkeys that gather around the world-famous Taj Mahal, security guards have taken to patrolling the area with something new: slingshots, the New York Times reports. Indeed, the gangs of cheeky critters in Agra, India, may look cute, but tourists tend not to appreciate...

Monkey Snatches Infant From Breastfeeding Mom, Kills Him

Awful news out of India

(Newser) - Locals say Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, has seen an uptick in monkey attacks, and a recent mauling is a most tragic one. The BBC reports a 12-day-old infant has died after a monkey yanked him from his mother's arms while she was breastfeeding him in her home...

As Cartoons Played, Monkeys Forced to Breathe Diesel Fumes

Other experiments involved humans

(Newser) - Could carmakers replace cable companies in the battle for the title of Most Reviled Industry? This news out of Germany could certainly help. The BBC reports German carmakers funded research that involved having humans and monkeys inhale diesel exhaust fumes to gauge the health impact. The research was done at...

22 Years After Dolly, Another Breakthrough in Cloning

Researchers clone primates for 1st time

(Newser) - For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans, the AP reports. Since Dolly's birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen...

Rare Species Last Seen in 1936 Spotted in Amazon

Scientist says she burst into tears during sighting

(Newser) - A primate last seen alive 80 years ago has been spotted during a wildly successful expedition in one of the most remote parts of the Amazon, National Geographic reports. The Vanzolini bald-faced saki, a distinctive "flying monkey" that sports shaggy hair with golden highlights around its arms and legs,...

Meet 'Uncle Fat,' Thailand's Morbidly Obese Monkey

The chunky monkey has been put on a diet

(Newser) - A morbidly obese wild monkey in Thailand who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, the AP reports. Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey—nicknamed "Uncle Fat" by locals—after...

Story of Indian Girl Raised by Monkeys Actually Much Sadder

Authorities say the girl, who is disabled, was abandoned by her family

(Newser) - A young girl raised by monkeys in the forests of India. Too strange to be true? Apparently yes. Earlier this week, stories of the "Mowgli Girl" spread across the world. Rangers claimed they found the girl—about 8 years old, naked, crawling on all fours, and screeching—living with...

Girl Found Living With Monkeys, Walking on All Fours

Police are reviewing missing children cases in an attempt to identify her

(Newser) - Unbelievable as it may sound, authorities in northern India say they've rescued a young girl who appears to have been living with monkeys. Villagers first spotted the naked child looking "very comfortable in the company of monkeys" in January in the Katarniya Ghat forest range, a police officer...

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