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Japanese Snow Monkey Babies

Are you ready the cutest, floofiest snow monkeys baby ever?! I wasn’t, I was totally taken aback unawares! OMG! I was weakened by their cuteness….. ahhhhh. There’s 8 minutes here of adorable snow monkey family hi-jinx from Monkey Island, Japan. I highly recommend 3:19.. the lil’ smile on that lil’ primate just melted my heart.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Kiyo for your wonderful snow monkey video (she has many more on her page)!


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Orangutan Photographed Fishing with Spear

Gerd Schuster, co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, took this photograph of, “a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish… The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja… This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River. Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.”


Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Schaik observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while conducting field work in Gunung Leuser National Park, in the northwest Sumatra.

Specifically the orangutans were using sticks to pry open pulpy fruits that have “Plexiglas needles” capable of delivering a painful jab covering them. Using the tools, the orangutans were getting past handling the prickly husk and into the nutritious fruit.


From an anthropological viewpoint, tool use represents an aspect of culture, since the entire group participates in a behavior that has developed over time. One unique thing to clarify is that only Sumatran orangutans have been observed to use tools, not orangutans from Borneo.


If this image doesn’t fill you with intrigue, I don’t know what will.



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Kipling’s Monkey Temple

I had the good fortune of seeing Disney’s new The Jungle Book this weekend, and it got me thinking, is there really a Indian forest temple that monkeys live in? It turns out, I was not the only one wondering this.

The Monkey Temple Jaipur. Source:

According to The Telegraph, Kipling actually never visited the Indian jungles depicted in The Jungle Book. The author was born in Bombay, but at age five, his family moved back to Britain. Later on, Kipling returned to India for seven years to work as a journalist, but he was based in Shimla, and far from Kanha and Pench national forests (the most Jungle Book-esque location in India).

The Swayambunath temple is perched on a few hills overlooking Kathandu. Source:

This hasn’t stopped people from searching for a similar Jungle Book setting, which recently led Taj Safaris in India to launch two travel experiences called “Mowgli’s Trails.” One takes place in Kanha National Park, while the other snakes its way through Pench National Park, both in the state of Madhya Pradesh. According to Travel Daily Media, the travel experience includes rides through the jungle to spot wildlife, visits to tribal villages, Jungle Book trivia, and stargazing.


No word on whether temple trips are included in the experience, but luckily, India has many temples to its name and quite a few are in Madhya Pradesh, and monkeys are easy to find there too.


Wild macaques lounging at an unknown Hindu temple. Image: Shutterstock. Source:

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First Orangutan Born In Indianapolis Visits Atrium

The newest mother-daughter duo at the Indianapolis Zoo is having an exciting week. The pair got to venture into the atrium for the first time on Tuesday.


Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the first orangutan birth for the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at 5:07 p.m. on March 23, 2016.  Mother Sirih and first-time father, 14-year-old Basan, were recommended as a breeding pair through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, a program ensuring a sustainable, genetically diverse and demographically varied AZA population.


The zoo reported that Sirih gave birth in a behind-the-scenes area and started cleaning and tending to her newborn. First time father, 14-year-old Basan and the rest of the orangutans witnessed the birth with quiet curiosity. Now, Sirih and her baby can venture out into the Atrium, and Mom has been building lots of big, comfortable nests for resting, the zoo said.


Because mother orangutans may need more than two or three times the amount of calories while nursing, Sirih is enjoying foods that are energy dense and high in protein, including hard boiled eggs, Spanish peanuts, cooked white potato and protein bars. Sirih is also receiving lots of fluids to help with her milk supply.


Sirih was keeping a tight hold on her baby, so the gender is still to be determined. May they remain happy and healthy, as they play their part in returning the orangutan population to its former glory.



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The Gorilla Born by Cesarean

Meet seven-week-old Afia, the first gorilla born by cesarean section in the U.K. She was taken by one of her surrogate zoo keeper mothers into the Bristol Zoo gorilla enclosure for the first time in this video, shot last Wednesday.


It was a tiring moment for the tiny creature, who fell asleep in her keeper’s arms. Her mother is still recovering from the operation, so four keepers are now taking responsibility for providing 24-7 care for baby Afia, who was carried around the enclosure like a human baby.

Thank-you YouTube Channel euronews Discover for this heartwarming video.


The western lowland gorilla was born early in an emergency cesarean operation last month, which is both very rare and risky in animals, but her mother showed signs of the potentially dangerous condition pre-eclampsia.


There have only been a few gorilla cesarean in the world – most recently at San Diego Safari Park in 2014. Afia was delivered by gynaecologist Professor David Cahill, who has delivered hundreds of human babies by C-section, but never a gorilla.

“Along with having my own children, this is probably one of the biggest achievements of my life and something I will certainly never forget,” he said.


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Even a Monkey Can’t Eat Just One

A couple on their honeymoon in Thailand wanted to make friends with a monkey; little did they know that even monkeys can’t resist the lure of the potato chip…


DISCLAIMER: In Otter News does not condone giving wild animals man-made food. Wild animals should only be eating food found out in the wild. That being said, this video is hilarious.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Funny Fails Funny Epic Fails Funny Videos Funny for this, well, funny video.


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Smallest Monkey Gives Birth to Tiny Twins

A pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest monkey, just had twins- weighing 15 grams each- at the Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia.

Gomez and Iti were introduced as a couple mid 2015. From the outset the two were inseparable, and now they get to both be first time parents to the cutest lil’ monkey babies I have ever seen. ^_^

Thank-you YouTube Channel Symbio Wildlife Park for the adorable video!


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Squirrel Monkey Baby Boom

At the Auckland Zoo, in Auckland, New Zealand, there’s been a baby boom, with three squirrel monkey babies born in the last few weeks. Follow keeper Christine into the trees to see them in all their adorable furry glory. ^_^

Thank-you YouTube Channel Auckland Zoo for the wonderful video.


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