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Beloved Blue Rocks Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Riles PETA

Erika Fleury August 12, 2016

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey cause PR nightmare.

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, a Wilmington Blue Rocks tradition in which a chaps-wearing capuchin monkey straddles a border collie and herds sheep for laughs, could be driven out of town soon.

Read more to learn how animal advocates, including the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (of which the PRC is a founding member,) have mounted nationwide protests against the event, blasting rodeo operator Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard for a history of U.S. Department of Agriculture violations related to his treatment of the primates.

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Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Says He Gave Away His Pet Monkey

Erika Fleury August 11, 2016

It was less than a year ago that news broke of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant purchasing a pet capuchin monkey. The PRC's co-founder and Executive Director April Truitt told TMZ at the time "He will live to regret it." Now, it appears that Bryant has already given up his ill-considered "pet."

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Police Searching for Monkey that Bit Child in Virginia Beach

Erika Fleury August 04, 2016

Animal control officers say a monkey bit a child near 23rd Street and Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach on the night of August 3rd.

There is reason for concern, says Virginia Beach Animal Control, even though the young girl only suffered a minor injury to her hand. “We always look at rabies (and) herpes.... There’s a wide list of different viruses that monkeys are carriers for that they can transfer to humans.”

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Is It Cruel to Have a Monkey Helper?

Erika Fleury August 02, 2016

As service animals, capuchins change people’s lives—but they may suffer in the process.

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Lemur that Bit Toddler is ‘In Custody,’ Its Owner Facing Charges

Erika Fleury July 21, 2016

With its now-former owner facing criminal charges, the illegal pet lemur that bit a 2-year-old in Nederland, Colorado has been turned over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and likely is destined for a primate sanctuary in Florida.

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Ape Escape: How Travelling Broadens the Minds of Chimps

Erika Fleury July 19, 2016

Travel is said to broaden the mind and it appears the same can be said for our primate cousins chimpanzees.

More than seven years of research has discovered that chimps who 'travel' and journey farther into their surroundings on a daily basis than their peers are more likely to use tools to forage for food.

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Scientists Unearthed a Trove of 700-Year-Old Stone Tools — Used by Monkeys

Erika Fleury July 11, 2016

A new study by scientists at the University of Oxford determined that monkeys have been opening cashews with stones in Brazil for seven centuries — long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas to claim it as the New World.

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​No Monkey Left Behind: The Celebrities Who Have Given Their Pets Away

Erika Fleury July 07, 2016

When living creatures are the season's hottest new accessory, until they're not.

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Just Like Humans, Monkeys Shed Friends As They Age

Erika Fleury June 27, 2016

We may idealize youth, but there’s a good chance we’ve got it all wrong — some researchers believe we’re happiest in our later years, after a dip in middle age begins to reverse itself around 50. By the time you hit 85, according to one study, odds are you’ll feel better about your situation than you did at 18. As we age, we tend to cull the number of people we hang out with — we become less socially active overall, but more likely to spend our socializing time on people we’re close to, rather than casual acquaintances or throwaway friendships.

And so, according to a study published last week in Current Biology, do monkeys.

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Dear Science: Why Aren’t Apes Evolving into Humans?

Erika Fleury June 27, 2016

Dear Science: Why are there no hominins left on Earth? If evolution is ongoing and species are always changing and adapting, shouldn't we see new human-like species evolving from apes, even if the old ones died out?

A: We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but you are an ape.

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