A relaxing soak in a hot tub is a time-honored stress reliever but the advantages are not confined to humans, with monkeys also benefiting from spa time, researchers in Japan say.
Primates may be smarter than previously thought, as the tests they were subjected to were totally wrong, BTA quoted the Daily Mail as saying. The newspaper cites a joint study of British and American specialists. In the words of Dr. David Livens, hundreds of studies have intruded us that primates are smart, but not as much as humans.
Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have figured out how to run a ransom racket on visiting tourists.
The monkeys grab valuables, such as glasses, hats, cameras or, in one case, a wad of cash from the ticket booth, then wait for temple staff to offer them food before dropping their ill-gotten gains and dashing off with the tasty prize (see video below).
The fire keeps burning. Last year was the turn of the Red Fire Monkey, now it is the turn of the Red Fire Rooster. According to Chinese astrology, the zodiac cycle consists of 12 animals taking their turn each year. But it is also the five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal and water - that give their own particular character to the animal.
Today is the start of the Chinese New Year, which happens to be a Monkey year. According to the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Monkey occupies the ninth place, this one being the year of the Red Fire Monkey. The cycle not only depends on animals, but also on the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.