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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Monkey

MONKEYS IN HISTORY 

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.

BEHAVIOR

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.

ANATOMY

Most monkeys are nearsighted.

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

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.

FUN FACTS

There are over 250 known species of monkey.

A group of monkeys is called a troop.

Source Daily Express

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