MONKEYS SEEN BY
startling new observation of primate behavior has
recently been made by Mr. Rob Roy MacDougall, an
amateur monkey-watcher in the employ of the Edinburgh
Small Mammal Conservatory, Hellmouth Division, who has
been on an extended vacation in the cloudy and fault-
ridden Makanza Mountains of Gabon. In what appeared to
be a hastily-scribbled letter from the field, he reported to
the Nooz seeing cercopithecines actually attempting to fly.
He said that he had several times witnessed a large group
of vervet-like primates systematically breaking branches
and stripping them of their leaves, tearing down vines and
tying the branches together to form a crude type of wing
that could theoretically hold them up when they leap off
the tops of the tallest m'bili trees, and then carrying these
contrivances up into the canopy with them. Mr.
MacDougall noted that a few of the animals managed to
make it to the closest adjacent tree, while the majority
of fatal injuries were recorded in Mr.
MacDougall's ink-blotched data book, a copy of which he
forwarded with his letter. While we here at the Nooz cannot
attest to the veracity of the report, it sounds very much like
tool use to us, but may in fact just be another form of
primate plummeting. We will try to keep our readers
informed of any future developments that might or might
not take place in the area of anthropoid aviation.
(AP) Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The
animal smuggler Ignaas Hussein Vanderbosch,
who is of indeterminate national origin, was
captured yesterday crossing the border from
Switzerland to Liechtenstein with a large illegal
shipment of primates, including rare
blackbacked macaques and endangered aye-
aye-ayes, bluetail guenons, pouched langurs
and some giant mouse lemurs. Many of
the animals were found in a diseased and dejected condition
in cramped and filthy crates. They were immediately confiscated
and Vanderbosch was fined $100.
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