38 Cheeky Facts About Apes & Monkeys You Should Know

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A Chimpanzee named Julie, started a fashion trend among the other apes in her group in 2010 by sticking a hair of grass in her ear. The style caught on shortly after the act.

27. A handsome gorilla named Shabani is famous in Japan for his good looks.

28. The endangered Barbary macaque is the only wild European primate, with approximately 230 living on the Rock of Gibraltar.

29. A baboon named Jackie during World War 1 participated in action, sustained several wounds, had his leg amputated, was promoted to corporal and received Pretoria Citizen’s Service Medal.

30. A male gorilla will grow his 'Silverback' at around twelve years old. Subordinate males in a troop are younger, and are known as 'blackbacks.'

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31Capuchin monkeys charity

There is a charity that provides Capuchin monkeys to those with spinal cord injuries and mobility impairments, free of charge. They are called the Helping Hands Monkey Helpers.

32. 66% of orangutans are left-handed.

33. A monkey called Ramu in India was put in prison for 5 years for biting a child. After his release, he bit a child again and was imprisoned again. Since Ramu is a rhesus macaque, an endangered species, the police was not allowed to keep him as a pet or behind bars, so he was released into the wild.

34. A study found that poo flinging chimps are more intelligent than those that do not. They have more heightened development in the motor cortex, more connections between it and the Broca’s area, and are better communicators in the group.

35. A species of monkey named Gelada are capable of 'cheating' on their partners and covering up their 'infidelity' by suppressing their normal mating cries so as not to be overheard.

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36Male Mandrill baboon

The dominant male Mandrill baboon's butt will naturally turn more blue due to the hormones he experiences while in control.

37. Mountain gorillas are in a semi-permanent state of flatulence due to the large amounts of gas produced from bacteria aiding their digestion.

38. A monkey discovered in 2010 was named the Burmese sneezing monkey because it sneezes uncontrollably when it rains.


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