Hrmmph! Hrmmph! Many
well-intentioned people during the course of my travels have asked
me to tell them more about the giant pygmy chimpanzee, Pan paniscus
giganteus or umfalawi, so I was very happy, indeed more
than a little excited to be invited by the Primate Nooz to
describe for its wonderful readers just what a complicated and interesting
creature it really is. I was so excited I forgot all about my son's
graduation from Sigsbee Junior Night College! I haven't been
that excited since I received the page proofs for my book Irish
Primates Throughout History and got locked in an office at the
Museum for an entire weekend.
Of course, that was my first
book. I didn't get nearly as excited when my second book was
published, Monkeys of the Dingle Peninsula, printed in English
and Gaelic. And by the time my third book came out, Pre-Roman
Anthropoids of Britain and Western Europe (in 3 vols.), I was
hardly excited at all. That's the way I've heard it was with
other people. Their first book comes out, they get real excited.
Second and third books, not nearly as excited.
It's the same way with articles.
I remember when my first monograph was published, Diet
Variability in West Irish Lesser Primates, I was so excited
I let my subscription to the Royal Museum Journal of the Cercopithecinae
lapse, and it caused quite a hoorah when I tried to have it reinstated.
But my latest offering, Rafting as an Explanation of
How Primates Crossed the Irish Sea, has barely gotten my blood
pressure up. Curious, isn't it?
Oh, yes, about the chimpanzees....
They inhabit the rubbery, high-canopy forest, they have round eyes
and are often dark-colored, they eat fruit from the rare aguruguguguru
tree from which they also get abundant nesting material, and they
are preyed on occasionally by the Togobogo screaming monkey eagle
and the so-called aguruguguguru tree python. What else
do you want to know. Hrmmph! Hrmmph!
WOW!! JEEPERS CREEPERS!! NOW YOU KIDS WON'T HAVE TO
RUN INTO ANOTHER ROOM WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR DAD ASKING, "WHAT
IS THE GIANT PYGMY CHIMPANZEE, ANYWAY?"