International Monkey day: Funny and Amazing Facts about Monkeys

Happy Monkey Day
Happy Monkey Day

Monkeys are funny animals of course intelligent too. The International monkey day, exclusive for monkeys falls on 14th of December every year. There are lots of amazing as well as entertaining facts about monkeys we would love to know. Let’s have a fun read about some crazy ones.

1. The most recently discovered monkey is the Lesula monkey. It was discovered in 2007 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa

Lesula monkey
Lesula monkey

The lesula lives in rain forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the 2007 specimen found in captivity in the village of Opala. Though known to locals, it was unknown to the international scientific community until it was discovered in 2007 and officially confirmed in 2012 through publications. The Lesula, are generally described as quiet and shy by the researchers. They tend to usually live in small family groups of around five members or less. The lesula’s days indulge in leisurely activities such as searching for fruits and vegetation, grooming, and then resting.

2. The smallest monkey in the world is the Pygmy Marmoset

pygmy marmoset
pygmy marmoset

With a body as little as 5 inches and a tail length of about 7 inches, the Pygmy marmoset is the smallest known monkey in the world. As a comparison, they are about the size of a hamster, can fit in the palm of a human hand, and weigh the same as a pack of cards. A Sweet fact though. The marmoset is native to the rain forests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world, at just over 100 grams (3.5 oz). It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests and is a “gum-feeding” specialist, hence a “gummivore”.


3.”Uncle Fatty” the famous obese monkey

uncle fatty
uncle fatty

It’s an unpleasantly obese macaque monkey in Thailand who stuffed himself on junk food and soda left behind by the tourists. While macaques normally weigh between eight and 10 kilos, Uncle Fatty reached an enormous 27kg. As the leader of his troop, this gormandizing monkey also had subordinate monkeys bringing him goodies.”Officials first became involved after seeing pictures of the enormous macaque on social media. They decided to launch a rescue operation when they found the monkey gorging on crisps, jellies, sugary drinks, and watermelon.

Well, since then, the chunky monkey has been working hard on his summer body, and this wonderful one had absolute perseverance and determination. He had been consuming a lot of cucumbers. He had then lost enough weight to be released back into the wild. The fat primate thought to be between 10 and 15 years old, used to gorge on junk food given to him by tourists in Bangkok’s coastal Bang Khun Thian district. But after being sent to a special boot camp, the obese monkey has shed an impressive 2 kg or 8% of his body mass. He still weighed in at a difficult 24.75kg and his impressive belly remains, but his condition had improved dramatically since he was first taken in.“His tummy no longer drags on the ground. He is in perfect health and ready to be released. He has grown accustomed to the natural foods,” said the vet who treated him.

4. Scientists observed female monkeys in Thailand teaching their young how to floss their teeth

Japanese researchers observed this behavior where monkeys clean their teeth just like humans.

5. The raw and cooked brain of a dead monkey is widely consumed in China and Malaysia

Restaurants in China and Malaysia serving fresh monkey brains spooned out of the skull may be an urban legend – although there are enough references in literature to suggest the practice is not entirely fictional. But the raw and cooked brain of a dead monkey is widely consumed in the far east “No surprises and no comments just feeling sorry for the monkeys though”.

6. The origins of the word “monkey”

This is quite unclear. It appears also to be related to the manikin, from the Dutch Manneken (“little man”) and a group of monkeys variously called a troop, barrel, carload, cartload, or tribe.

7. Differing from popular opinion, humans did not come from monkeys

Well, that’s a myth to still say humans evolved from monkeys, rather, humans and monkeys share a common ancestor which would be the great apes,25-30 million years ago and then evolved from this animal in various ways.

8. The Spider monkey is the most acrobatic of the ‘New World’ monkeys

Spider monkey
Spider monkey

These have been known to leap across gaps as large as 35 feet. Their disproportionately long limbs and long grasping tails make them one of the largest New World monkeys and give rise to their common name. When a spider monkey sees a human approaching, it barks loudly similar to a dog. The female spider monkey has the longest tail of all the primates. Even though its body is only 2 feet long, its tail can reach 3 feet in length. Their tails can carry the monkey’s entire body weight and even pick up items as small as a peanut.

9. The Uakari is one of the rarest and most unusual-looking of all the New World monkeys

Uakari monkey
Uakari monkey

While it looks similar to an orangutan, its face is pink, which often turns bright red at times. Evidence suggests that the red facial coloration reflects the health of the primate. It also makes a noise similar to a human laughing. The bald monkey really looks indeed a bit weird though.

10. The Japanese macaque which is the northernmost monkey is also called the snow monkey

Japanese macaque
Japanese macaque monkeys

This special one is capable of living in more than 3 feet of snow in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius. The macaque has other unusual behaviors, including bathing together in hot springs and rolling snowballs for fun. The Japanese macaque has been found to develop different accents, like humans. Yet another cool fact on these species was found when researchers offered the Japanese macaque sweet potatoes during research in the 1940s, the monkeys didn’t like the taste of the dirt on the veggies, so they washed it off. Even now, generations later, washing food has become a learned behavior. No other monkeys in the world are known to wash their food before eating.

11. The largest monkey in the world is the male Mandrill

the mandrill
the mandrill

Mandrills are almost 1 meter long and weigh about 35 kilograms. Mandrills are noted as being exceptionally colorful by mammalian standards. Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man:”

12. Communication and bonding in general

monkeys bonding
monkeys bonding

Picking out parasites and dirt from each others’ furs is a way for monkeys to communicate, form social hierarchies, and strengthen family and friendship bonds.

13. White-faced Capuchin monkeys

white faced Capuchin
white faced Capuchin monkey

These are known to rub their fur with the Giant African Millipedes, which acts as a form of insect repellent.

14. First monkey head transplant

Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, claimed to have conducted the first monkey head transplant without any neurological injury to the animal. However, he did not connect the spinal cord, so the monkey was completely paralyzed. It was only kept alive for only 20 hours after the procedure for ethical reasons.

15. The Chacma Baboons

Chacma baboon
Chacma baboon

Africa’s Namib Desert is home to the chacma baboons. One hardy chacma baboon troop survived 116 days without water in the desert by eating figs. Chacma baboons are very popular for adoption behavior. Some of them tend to adopt an orphaned infant if the mother died or found left alone.