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Woman Goes to Virginia Court with Monkey in her Bra

April Truitt March 11, 2011

A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra.

The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn't notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork.


Humans and Apes Have Similar Aging Patterns

April Truitt March 11, 2011

When it comes to getting older, humans aren't so special after all.

It turns out their pattern of aging isn't too different from most other primates, such as chimpanzees, monkeys and baboons, new research shows.

A team led by Anne Bronikowski of Iowa State University studied data on primate aging collected over decades around the world and compared it with statistics on modern Americans. Aging was defined as the increased risk of dying from natural causes while getting older. Some experts have thought that because people have relatively long life spans, humans aged differently from other mammals.


Tragic End for Family’s Pet “Escape Artist”

April Truitt March 11, 2011

Dexter, a 21-year-old capuchin monkey, met a tragic end after escaping his cage in a Belleview, Florida backyard.


Primate Regulation Not Monkey Business for Missouri Senate

April Truitt March 09, 2011

A chimpanzee named Travis mauled a woman and left her face unrecognizable when he escaped his home in Stamford, Conn., and attacked Charla Nash, a close friend of his owner on Feb. 16, 2009. A year later, another chimpanzee, Sueko, also escaped from his home in Kansas City, and attacked a police car. Both Travis and Sueko came from Jefferson County, Mo.

The Senate Agriculture Committee debated a bill that would require owners to obtain permits for and neuter their primates incited passionate testimonies from several Missouri primate breeders.

Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis City, sponsored the bill after Eric Miller, veterinarian and senior vice president at the Saint Louis Zoo, requested these large and exotic animals be regulated.

"Missouri is one of the few states with no (statewide) regulation of large and exotic animals," Miller said. "It's a national standard Missouri is working on catching up to."


Chimp Staying at Zoo During Custody Fight

April Truitt March 08, 2011

When Sueko arrived at the Kansas City Zoo in October she was overweight, accustomed to a human lifestyle.

The adult chimpanzee rode along with a trucker and his girlfriend and apparently enjoyed a diet heavy on people food. Now she is eating fruits and vegetables — and has lost weight.

“She looks good now,” said Liz Harmon, general curator at the zoo. “She looks like our other girls. She was pretty chunky.” But Sueko remains in a tug-of-war between Kansas City and the people who claim her.

The city confiscated the animal after she escaped from Mark Archigo in October and ran rampant in a south Kansas City residential neighborhood. It was not the first time Archigo was in trouble because of Sueko.


Chimps, Too, May Use Laughter For Social Gain

April Truitt March 03, 2011

Just like humans, chimpanzees mimic the laughter of others in order to strengthen social bonds, say researchers who studied 59 chimpanzees living in four groups in a sanctuary in Zambia.

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Their finding suggests, they say, that chimpanzees and other great apes have a more complex social use of expressions than previously thought.

"We found that their responsive laughter shows a similarity to the conversational laughter of humans," the study's lead author, Marina Davila-Ross, a behavioral biologist at the University of Portsmouth, in England, said in a university news release. "Both are shorter than spontaneous laughter, and both seem designed to promote social interaction."

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