Midnight In The Desert — monkeys

'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well

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'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well

A monkey in India’s eastern state of Odisha is being hunted by police after it allegedly snatched and killed a baby. The baby’s body was later found inside a well, the BBC reports. The 16-day-old baby was sleeping next to his mother in the village of Talabasta when he was snatched by the monkey, according to the Times of India. Officials combed nearby forests in a frantic search for the baby. The infant’s body was found by a relative in a well behind his home on Sunday, a day after he was taken, according to the BBC. Read More: Fox...

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Watch this Orangutan Playing with Lego

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Watch this Orangutan Playing with Lego

Impressive footage of an Orangutan building a tower from lego or mega blocks.

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Monkeys Retake Village From Humans Overlords

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Monkeys Retake Village From Humans Overlords

This isn’t the plot of a movie … it’s a real-life monkey takeover. Hundreds of wild monkeys who once lived in relative peace and harmony with people in a Chinese village set up to be a tourist attraction have instead taken it over from the humans who once pledged to care for them and are now driving the ‘filthy humans’ out. Is this the start of a macaque massacre? A rhesus revolution? Monkey mayhem? In 2003, He Youliang, party secretary of Xianfeng Village located in the city of Panzhihua in south-west China’s Sichuan Province, convinced fellow residents to invite macaques...

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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools. It's not the workmanship that makes them special. If anything, a casual observer might struggle to even identify them as ancient tools. It's not their antiquity that's exceptional either: they're only about the same age as the Egyptian pyramids. What makes these tools noteworthy is that the hands that held them weren't human. These stone tools were wielded by chimpanzees, capuchins and macaques. The sites where they have been unearthed are the basis of a brand new...

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Russians training monkeys for travel to Mars in 2017

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Russians training monkeys for travel to Mars in 2017

Monkeys paved the way for us to reach the moon and now Russian scientists are hoping the animals will be key to getting a human colony to Mars. Experts from the Russian Academy Of Science are training four rhesus macaques to travel into space and land on the red planet - although it is unclear if they will also bring them back. This training, which includes using a joystick and solving puzzles, should make them capable to man a mission within the next two years. The program launched in the 1980s and is being carried out at the Institute of...

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