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Saturday, 18 June 2016



A monkey was washed ashore at the north east English town of Hartlepool during the Napoleonic Wars. Not knowing what a Frenchman looked like, it was mistaken by the townsfolk for a French spy. As the monkey was unable to defend himself against accusations of spying, the townspeople supposedly tried and hanged it.

Albert II was the first monkey in space. On June 14, 1949, the rhesus monkey rode a rocket to an altitude of 134 kilometers (83 miles). Albert survived the V2 flight but died on impact after a parachute failure.

Miss Able and Miss Baker, two Nasa monkeys, became the first animals ever to return alive from a space mission on May 28. 1959.

Miss Baker awaits launch

In 1970 a scientist, Dr Robert White, transplanted the head of a monkey to the body of another monkey with some limited success.


Monkeys urinate on themselves to attract a mate.

The loudest land animal is the Howler monkey whose deep growls can be heard two miles away in the forest or three miles in the open.

A pair of black howler monkeys vocalising.

The leading cause of a death for a white capuchin monkey in the wild is being murdered by another white capuchin monkey.

Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys.

The Burmese sneezing monkey sneezes uncontrollably whenever it rains.

On the Japanese island of Yakushima, monkeys have been seen riding deer.


Most monkeys are nearsighted.

Old world monkeys (species from Africa) have 32 teeth; new world monkeys (from the Americas) have 36.

In general, monkeys have tails, apes do not, but the Barbary ape, which lacks a tail, is a monkey.

Monkeys have tails; apes do not.

New World monkeys can generally swing by their tails; Old World monkeys generally cannot.

The largest type of monkey is  the mandrill, which can be up to three feet long and weigh 77 pounds.

The smallest type of monkey is the pygmy marmoset which weighs only about four ounces.

The pygmy marmoset is the world's smallest monkey.

Pygmy marmosets can turn their head 180 degrees.

The nose of a proboscis monkey can be four inches long. Female proboscis monkeys are thought to prefer males with long noses.

Monkeys do have vocal tracts for speaking; they just don't have the brain wiring to do it.

Colobus monkeys were given their name because of their shortened thumbs: “kolobós” is from an ancient Greek word for “docked”.

Monkeys in captivity lose much of their native gut bacteria diversity, to the point where their gut bacteria resemble those in humans.


There are over 250 known species of monkey.

The Emperor tamarin is said to have been named for German Emperor Wilhelm II as both had impressive white mustaches.

A group of monkeys is called a troop.

Source Daily Express

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