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Monkeys that go fishing discovered
What prompted behavior in primates remains a mystery
updated 11:36 a.m. CT, Tues., June. 10, 2008
BANGKOK, Thailand - Long-tailed macaque monkeys have a reputation for knowing how to find food — whether it be grabbing fruit from jungle trees or snatching a banana from a startled tourist.
Now, researchers say they have discovered groups of the silver-haired primates in Indonesia that fish.
Groups of long-tailed macaques were observed four times over the past eight years scooping up small fish with their hands and eating them along rivers in Indonesia's East Kalimantan and North Sumatra provinces, according to researchers from The Nature Conservancy and the Great Ape Trust.
The species had been known to eat fruit and forage for crabs and insects, but never before fish from rivers.
"It's exciting that after such a long time you see new behavior," said Erik Meijaard, one of the authors of a study on fishing macaques that appeared in last month's International Journal of Primatology. "It's an indication of how little we know about the species."
Meijaard, a senior science adviser at The Nature Conservancy, said it was unclear what prompted the long-tailed macaques to go fishing. But he said it showed a side of the monkeys that is well-known to researchers — an ability to adapt to the changing environment and shifting food sources.
"They are a survivor species which has the knowledge to cope with difficult conditions," Meijaard said Tuesday. "This behavior potentially symbolizes that ecological flexibility."
'They are very adaptive'
The other authors of the paper, which describes the fishing as "rare and isolated" behavior, are The Nature Conservancy volunteers Anne-Marie E. Stewart, Chris H. Gordon and Philippa Schroor, and Serge Wich of the Great Ape Trust.
Some other primates have exhibited fishing behavior, Meijaard wrote, including Japanese macaques, chacma baboons, olive baboons, chimpanzees and orangutans.
Agustin Fuentes, a University of Notre Dame anthropology professor who studies long-tailed macaques, or macaca fascicularis, on the Indonesian island of Bali and in Singapore, said he was "heartened" to see the finding published because such details can offer insight into the "complexity of these animals."
"It was not surprising to me because they are very adaptive," he said. "If you provide them with an opportunity to get something tasty, they will do their best to get it."
Fuentes, who is not connected with the published study, said he has seen similar behavior in Bali, where he has observed long-tailed macaques in flooded paddy fields foraging for frogs and crabs. He said it affirms his belief that their ability to thrive in urban and rural environments from Indonesia to northern Thailand could offer lessons for endangered species.
"We look at so many primate species not doing well. But at the same time, these macaques are doing very well," he said. "We should learn what they do successfully in relation to other species."
What got monkeys into fishing?
Still, Fuentes and Meijaard said further research was needed to understand the full significance of the behavior. Among the lingering questions are what prompted the monkeys to go fishing and how common it is among the species.
Long-tailed macaques were twice observed catching fish by The Nature Conservancy researchers in 2007, and Wich spotted them doing it two times in 1998 while studying orangutans.
Wich said it wasn't until Meijaard told him about his fishing macaques that he realized he had overlooked the unique behavior altogether.
"I was astonished. I thought it was a normal observation," Wich said. "I was really surprised because it indicated to me that you keep on making these observation about primates but you only discover they are interesting when you compare them with others."
Meijaard said the fishing behavior could be prompted by food shortages, droughts resulting in lower water levels that make it easier to catch fish, or habitat destruction that eliminates a key food source.
"There have been studies on macaques from East Kalimantan in the past showing that during especially dry years they run out of food and switch to alternative food sources such as insects, leaves or even bark, which is not normally in their diet," he said.
Meijaard also said he felt the behavior was not isolated to a few macaques, noting that he observed younger monkeys watching their elders fish and then mimicking their behavior. He also said the behavior occurred in two unrelated groups.
Paul Garber, an expert on primate behavior at the University of Illinois who read the study, said there was not enough information to determine whether it was something that was part of the macaques' culture or an isolated event. But he said it warranted further study.
"What I feel is most interesting about the observations of fishing is the possibility of documenting whether and how this novel behavior is passed or transmitted through the population," he said.
UNICORN BORN IN ITALY--
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
A roe deer with a single horn in the middle of its head has found fame as the "Unicorn" of Tuscany.
While single-horned deers have been spotted before, this particular buck has a uniquely central horn, thought to be the result of a genetic flaw.
"This is a demonstration that the fabled unicorn, which we all know from icons and legends, probably was not just a fantasy.
"It was probably an animal like this one, with a natural anomaly," said Gilberto Tozzi, the director of the centre.
Mr Tozzi added that the twin of the buck has two horns.
The mother of the two deer was brought to the park several years ago after being hit by a car in the Apennine mountains.
The mythical unicorn was thought to have healing powers and was generally depicted as a horse with the cloven hooves of a goat or deer.
The earliest mention of the beast was by the Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BC.
In one notebook, Leonardo Da Vinci suggested unicorns could be captured using a virgin as bait.
"For the love it bears to fair maidens [the unicorn] forgets its ferocity and wildness and laying aside all fear it will go to a seated damsel and sleep in her lap, and thus the hunters take it," he wrote.
Mr Tozzi said the Tuscan unicorn was also remarkably elusive.
"Our deer might be aware that he is a little different.
"He doesn't let himself be seen very often" he said.
He advised visitors to "arm themselves with binoculars and a lot of patience."
Last year, a hunter in Elma, New York, photographed a stag with a third horn protruding from the front of its head.
WHEN MAMAS REUNITE!! =)
Mike noticed he was randomly squealing while trying to go to the bathroom and was refusing to eat his veggies which he loves so much. I took him to Blum Hospital (which is the only animal clinic in Lakeview, so you can imagine the wait time) and they diagnosed him with a lodged stone in his urethra...ouch (see xray/pic). He was probably in pain for a while, but masking it. In the wild, any sign of illness is a sign of weakness which equals being abandoned or seen as prey. When the stone was impeding urination, that is when the little guy decided enough is enough and squealed in horrible pain. The cause of his pain was due to not being able to urinate, a full bladder, and the obvious huge stone. If anyone has ever passed a kidney stone, you know what I'm talking about. Just by looking at the size of his, compared to the rest of his body, one can only imagine his suffering.
At Blum, they gave him some painkillers, antibiotics, and drained out his bladder twice. I syringe-fed him last night, and he seemed to be a lot perkier. I was referred to another vet for the surgery, which I saw this morning in Lincoln Square. They performed surgery on the little guy (cut into his bladder) and were able to remove the stone after pushing it down into his bladder by inserting a catheter into his urethra..(how many of you guys just flinched?!) I am so glad that they didn’t have to cut his urethra. This would have been much more invasive, require a longer recovery time, could cause a lot more problems in the future, and equal a lot more $. According to the doc, bladder stones are very common in boars and no one seems to know why. It could be hereditary, diet, etc. I will be getting the stone analyzed to see if there is something we can do, as far as changing his diet.
I called at 2 and they told me he was just waking up and that he was doing well and that they would call me tonight for the full run-down. He might have to stay over the weekend, depending on his recovery. He's still not completely out of the woods yet...they have to make sure he can urinate and eat on his own. It’s still costing us quite a bit, but how can we put a price on a little life we love so much? That’s what credit cards are for, right? Any animal owner/lover will understand.
Before any of this went down, we decided that he'd be our last little 'pet' pet for a while...until we could get our finances straightened out, move out of our apt, etc. so we are really hoping for the best!! He's 3 1/2 and some piggies have been known to live up to 8 years.
If you could send Snowbie some healings, he would much appreciate it..and us too!
He thanks you in advance for all the good healing vibes you'll be sending his way!
Love you mucho,
Kat n Mike
Not sure if I would rate these the top 10, but there are definitely some good ones in there.
If you haven't checked out Will Ferrell's short clips "The Landlord" or "Good Cop, Baby Cop', please do so below!
They're oldies, but goodies! and that little girl Pearl is just too adorable. These are just a few minutes long each.
The true end of a war is the rebirth of life; the right to die peacefully in your own bed. The true end of war is the end of fear; the true end of war is the return of laughter.--Alfredo Molan
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