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The Ugly Truth Behind This ‘Cute’ Video of Orangutan with Tiger Cubs

Erika Fleury May 13, 2015

Social media has been all abuzz in recent days over a new video showing a young orangutan who's taken it upon himself to "babysit" a group of little tiger cubs. The viral-bound footage of unlikely friends has been viewed tens of millions of times online and described as a "cuteness overload!"

But while this easy internet fodder certainly has an irresistible appeal on its surface, one needn't dig too deep to realize that it's not really cute at all. In fact, it's actually quite saddening.

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Cobby the Chimp: Searching for the Sugarman of the Ape World

Erika Fleury May 09, 2015

The unlikely star of the short-lived 1960s TV show Cobby’s Hobbies has lived in captivity at San Francisco zoo since filming wrapped. A new documentary about his life highlights the less fortunate plight of his fellow chimp child-stars.

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Apes in a Human World

Erika Fleury May 06, 2015

As hunting, poaching, and logging bring people into closer contact with chimpanzees, what lessons can we learn?

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Monkeys Show How to Perfectly Crack a Nut

Erika Fleury April 30, 2015

Wild bearded capuchin monkeys could be the second best nut crackers in the animal kingdom, suggests new research on the small primates.

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Back From the Dead: Monkey Feared Extinct is Spotted in Remote Rainforest for First Time in 50 Years

Erika Fleury April 30, 2015

A monkey that was thought to have died out more than 50 years ago has been discovered alive in the remote rain forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Monkey Creates 6-Word ‘Language’

Erika Fleury April 28, 2015

Male species of a West African monkey communicate using at least these six main sounds: boom-boom, krak, krak-oo, hok, hok-oo and wak-oo.

Key to the communication by the male Campbell's monkey is the suffix "oo," according to a new study, which is published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Pet Monkey Suspected of Biting 10-year-old Girl

Erika Fleury April 26, 2015

A pet monkey is suspected of biting 10-year-old Kylie Corwin’s ankles Wednesday afternoon in Dexter, Iowa.

“He seems nice, but when he got mad he just attacked me,” Kylie said.

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Facility that Inspired New Primate Law Has Past Violations

Erika Fleury April 20, 2015

A spider monkey with bones poking out of his foot, baboons with skin lesions or scarred tails, other primates with injuries thought to be caused by frostbite - those were the images that greeted federal officials during an inspection at the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari last year.

But the facility, which is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the main force behind legislation signed into law last week that will relax the restrictions on who in Arkansas can own and breed primates.

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Secret Ape Chatter is Discovered

Erika Fleury April 11, 2015

A scientist who worked at the University of St Andrews has claimed to have found a secretive ape language.

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Fugitive Monkey that Bit Security Guard is Captured at Hospital

Erika Fleury March 31, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police say they’ve captured a fugitive monkey that bit a hospital security guard while trying to escape on Wednesday. Investigators said the monkey's owner was also cited in 2014 for having an exotic animal in the city limits.

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