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Cheeky monkey!

July 29, 2011

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Biologist, Mrs Natalia Paklina said: “At first I thought he was scratching but then it looked like he was tickling himself and laughing. For people on Bali these monkeys are sacred and associated with the monkey-God, Hanuman. ‘It means that the monkeys get given what they want by the locals so they have a lot […]

One in ten monkeys experimented on was not medically justified

July 27, 2011

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Since news at work spread about my interests in our hairier cousins, any stories remotely connected to non-human primates are immediately thrown my way. And today was no exception. I was sent down to a press conference this morning at the Wellcome Trust where a panel of experts, who took part in an independent review […]

Monkey gives itself a pedicure

July 25, 2011

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There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Aside from work and study and visits to the gym to stay in shape, I’m talking about time to do basic grooming. Unlike men, there’s a lot more pressure for women of a certain age (sadly that’s me) to “maintain” their […]

Chimpanzees trained to use machetes

July 22, 2011

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I have to give it to 20th Century Fox, its publicity department is working overtime ahead of the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yet another video has made it onto the net, this time showing a chimp welding a machete. I came across it after a note from one of my readers Christian, who alerted […]

Even monkeys need a little light relief…..!

July 21, 2011

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Today I was confessing to one of my chief-subs at work that I still had not finished writing my testimonial for my Masters application. For anyone not in news, a chief-sub is the person responsible for writing or finessing the scripts that the main anchor reads into each report. Everyone in the office is super […]

Being top dog may drive you barking mad

July 17, 2011

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Last night I went out for a drink with a colleague (Karate Kid)  who has quite a senior position within the newsroom. He has to out-put edit the programme on a regular basis, which is no mean feat at national level. And he openly confessed that it can be a stressful job. Working to deadlines […]

Run for cover, ape pulls the trigger on an AK-47

July 16, 2011

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This video (see below) has gone viral. More than 8 million people have viewed it and it’s sparked a debate as to whether it is genuine or a fake. It’s also believed to have been released in the run-up to the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes out next month. The short film […]