Tag Archives: Monkeys

Baby gorilla watchin’

Baby Gorilla


The one Orangutan fact that blew me off the branch….and I’m not that easily shaken off it.


Here it is: ORANGUTANS.LOVE.CHICKEN. Yes, chicken. Boiled. Skinless. CHICKEN.

But the  preferences don’t stop at just that- Sumatran Orangutans will eat only white meat, while Borneos have a penchant for thighs. This honestly, was news to me. I was so astonished by this revelation provided to me by the orangutan keeper I was working with that I almost nicked my finger with the kitchen knife ( preparing lunch for the Loris and Galagos). I knew that primates were indeed far from vegetarians ( almost excluding Gorillas, which devour mostly greens by the pounds, another interesting tidbit). BUT ORANGUTANS?! CHICKEN?!Go figure.

I’m still digesting that information…





The poster child for primate physical fitness.

This baby orangutan in the Moscow Zoo practices everyday , so that one day he can climb up the hierarchy ladder as easily as he does up that rope.

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 Stay fit my friends. 

Monkey Blue balls- the bluer , the better!

Monkey fact of the day: Though it might not seem like a good thing to humans, monkeys take pride in having a blue scrotum, and the bluer the better, as the brightest hue of blue balls shows that this male in fact, is the dominant one of the group,getting first dibs on food and the better choice of females .

But when a dominant male looses his status, his blue begins to fade.
For example- this little African Green Monkey



Author: Anna Artsibasheva 

Observing Hamadryas baboons.

Observing a family of Hamadryas baboons .

Lessons learned:

№1. Hamadryas baboons don’t “yawn”- this is a physical display of aggression to intruders and enemies.(Another one- lowering of the eyelids)

№2. I was amazed at the male baboons, especially their relationship with their young ones. Though strict in conduct with females, baboon dads will take enjoy playing with their kids, and take the daddy duty of protecting their children extremely serious.

Which leads me to lesson № 3:

3. Although you always should step on to a wild animal’s territory with caution, be a thousand times as careful when conducting yourself around baboon families with children. DO NOT APPROACH. Otherwise, this will happen:

Tied with lesson №3. , is lesson number 4: for a relatively large primate, baboons can charge with impressive speed. (View video above for evidence and a demonstration).

Lesson № 5.Getting charged by a baboon is a lesson you never forget.

Credits : The former lessons were  taught e by this enchanting creature:

1011901_10151511058038325_1119472997_n Hamadryas family  alpha male . 

Northern pigtail macaque. (Alpha male)

Northern pigtail macaque. (Alpha male)

In the pressence of this magnificent primate.

Note: If you happen to also find yourself in such company, know, these primates, like baboons, don’t “yawn”. That is a display of aggresion (which can be observed through a wide range of primates) . This means that this monkey isn’t tired- but in fact, you are not welcome- LEAVE.

Monkey’s moment: Massachusetts miracle workers.

We all know about service dogs, and their incredible , selfless assistance to the blind and disabled. But, alas, their abilities can only go so far. We are blessed everyday with the ability to pick up things with our hands and not even think twice about it.  For the disabled, turning a page of a book or washing their face is not just a thought -its a challenge.  But whether during rehabilitation or for life- they now have a companion that is willing to lend them a “helping hand”. Boston is famous for their pristine educational facilities (Harvard, BU and MIT) , but little know about a college were even the perfect score SAT student will never get in- Monkey college. No, I’m not joking. Here, Capuchin monkeys are taught how to perform simple everyday activities such as opening and setting up a drink of water, picking up a dropped or out-of-reach object, or turning the pages of a book, using their small, dexterous hands.This college is part of   Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled non-profit organization.


Upon graduation, they are placed in to homes to provide “in-home assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments”.

The thing is, these little miracle workers do not just bring bottles of water, they also bring joy and companionship to the lives of these people, who definitely  need and deserve extra TLC.

These monkeys are provided with Vetcare and are constantly monitored to establish and keep their well-being, as well as having their very own retirement plan.

“Through the generous support of donors and volunteers, Helping Hands is able to provide these specially trained service animals and their lifetime support free of charge to our recipients.”

Round of applause to the ever amazing monkeys.


*For additional information on this amazing establishment, visit http://www.monkeyhelpers.org/ .

Author: Anna Artsibasheva