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Will we ever know for sure if the Florida Skunk Ape is real?

June 1, 2011

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What age were you when you first realised there was no Tooth-Fairy; Santa Claus didn’t visit your home on Christmas Eve and the Easter Bunny was just another money spinner? For as long as I can remember I had always been a precocious child, much to my mother’s embarrassment. At age five I went to […]

Heritage status for Tanzania’s mountains may have peaked too early

May 3, 2011

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Hands up how many of you have heard of the kipunji? No it’s not a nomadic tribe. Take a good look at the photo below – it’s a species of monkey that was discovered in Tanzania, East Africa in 2003 and the first to be assigned a new genus since 1923. It has a distinctive […]

UN pledges better law enforcement but gorillas still being slaughtered

April 24, 2011

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Less than a month after the United Nations pledged to enforce stricter laws to protect gorillas, these endangered primates are still being butchered by illegal traffickers. Two hunters  arrested in the Ngombe forest in the Republic of Congo were jailed last week; sentenced to a year and order to pay fines of more than £1500. Their […]

Monkey chews its cud

April 3, 2011

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This afternoon the Northerner and I took our dear Irish friends Mr D and Bodhráin-Queen (BQ) to the leafy and well-heeled area of Primrose Hill for a wander through the village before catching their flight. Forget four-by-fours, the streets have become a hazardous place for  pedestrians with hordes of buggy-pushers on every street corner. To escape the […]

Run – dont walk, mutant monkey on the loose?

March 28, 2011

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It looks like a scene out of a science-fiction film – a gigantic mutant baboon effortlessly crushing a car with its fist. Run for your lives!! Fear not, it’s only an optical illusion. If you look closely enough, you’ll notice that the monkey is in fact precariously balancing on the car’s windscreen with one of its hand […]

‘Monkey Girl’ enters Guinness World Record

February 28, 2011

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Journalists have a warped sense of humour, there’s no denying that. It’s also another quality that me and the Northerner share. Hacks very often see and experience things that a lot of the general public don’t and maybe that’s our way of processing the absurd; scary and downright shocking. Sometimes if I’ve done a particularly harrowing […]

New evidence suggests “Lucy” was no swinger

February 27, 2011

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If I said the word metatarsal, most non-scientists among you, would know exactly where this bone is in the human body – thanks to David Beckham. Beckham‘s metatarsal became a talking point and a hugely important issue to England football fans when he fractured it in the build-up to the 2002 World Cup. He’s not the only […]