Monkeys are notorious and funny creatures and everyone loves to have a sight of them. They are often playful and we all have seen them in a zoo or circus playing their tricks! They are always an amusing sight. We think we know monkeys but do we really? Here we present some interesting facts about monkeys that you’ll flip around for.
Monkeys Can Count
Monkeys may not balance your check book or do your account work (or math homework!), but you gotta give them credits. A study supports the fact that monkeys respond to the numbers very well. The small study of two rhesus monkeys reveals that cells in their brains respond selectively to specific number values – regardless of whether the amount is represented by dots on a screen or an Arabic numeral. Quite intelligent, must say!
Don’t Cross the Line
In 2011, in a crazy happening, a monkey was literally arrested for crossing the Pakistan border with India.
Star War Fans?
Star Wars fans would unlikely be known that Yoda was almost played by a monkey! No need to re-read it because you heard it damn right, sir! George Lucas originally intended to have a monkey play Yoda in “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” The animal was even taught to hold Yoda’s signature cane.
Raised by Monkeys
Now we have all heard about Tarzan, haven’t we? Here’s a similar story. A Columbian woman claims that she was raised by Capuchin monkeys when she was left abandoned in a jungle at the age of four. As their adopted daughter, she claims she learned to scale trees and catch birds and rabbits with her bare hand. There’s a book about her subject called ‘A Girl with No Name’.
Thumbs and Fingers
New World Monkeys, including the spider monkeys, do not have thumbs. Squirrel monkeys and Capuchins have pseudo-opposable thumbs. They are the only New World Monkeys of this type.
Largest and Smallest
The Pygmy Marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey, according to sources. It weighs 85 to 140 grams and measures 117-159 millimeters. On the other hand, the largest monkey is the male Mandrill, which weighs almost 35 kilograms and is 1 meter long.
Take My Order
A Japanese restaurant called “The Kayabukiya tavern”, a traditional ‘sake house’ north of Tokyo, has employed a pair of uniformed Japanese macaque called Yat-chan and Fuku-chan to serve the customers! Now that is what we call ‘strike while the iron is hot.’
In Malaysia and Thailand, monkeys are trained and then hired as coconut harvesters. Gotta use that agility somewhere, right?
Old World Monkeys
There are two kinds of old world monkeys: Generalists and Specialists. Specialists mainly eat leaves while the Generalists eat almost everything.
Secrets to Attract a Woman
Kinda feels like monkeys aren’t using the obvious methods to attract females! Capuchin monkeys like to urinate on their hands and then spread it on their fur to attract a female monkey. This process shows that they are single and ready to mingle.