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  • Baboons gobble grapes in South African wine region

    03/25/2010 3:31:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies · 680+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 23, 2010 | NASTASYA TAY
    JOHANNESBURG – Baboons, it seems, prefer pinot noir. They also like a nice chardonnay. Largely undeterred by electric fences, hundreds of wild baboons in South Africa's prized wine country are finding the vineyards of ripe, succulent grapes to be an "absolute bonanza," said Justin O'Riain of the University of Cape Town. Winemakers have resorted to using noisemakers and rubber snakes to try to drive the baboons off during harvest season. "The poor baboons are driven to distraction," said O'Riain, who works in the university's Baboon Research Unit. "As far as baboons are concerned, the combination of starch and sugar is...
  • MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

    04/09/2013 10:10:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    The Register ^ | 04/09/2013 | By Jasper Hamill
    Scientists claim to have identified the missing link between human speech and monkey chatter. Researchers analysed the distinctive "lip-smacking" sounds made by wild gelada baboons of the Ethopian highlands and found striking similarities to human speech. Their noises are so human-like that Thore Bergman, an assistant professor with the University of Michigan, thought he heard people talking while he was hanging out with the creatures. "I would find myself frequently looking over my shoulder to see who was talking to me, but it was just the geladas," he said. "It was unnerving to have primate vocalizations sound so much...
  • Baboons Declare War On Humans in Saudi Arabia

    02/05/2013 12:19:43 PM PST · by Bratch · 55 replies
    The American Interest ^ | February 3, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead's Blog
    It’s a story Alfred Hitchcock would love. Baboons, extraordinarily social animals whose collective noun is appropriately “troop” are harassing a Saudi village, targeting houses in coordinated assaults while cleverly avoiding poison bananas the villagers have left behind. Arab News brings us the bizarre story: A minor war has broken out south of Qunfudah in the village of Kiad where large groups of hungry baboons from nearby valleys are attacking residences in search of food and drink. Residents have employed a variety of methods to combat the primates but it is still a daily battle from sunrise to sunset.Hussein Al-Barakati, a...
  • Drunk Baboons Plague Cape Town's Exclusive Suburbs

    08/30/2010 10:48:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 8+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Jane Flanagan
    The sun is setting over South Africa's oldest vineyard and the last of the wine-tasting tourists are climbing onto their buses. But one large family group has no intention of leaving – and there is little the management can do about it. Groot Constantia, in the heart of Cape Town's wine country, can deal with inebriated holidaymakers – but it is invading baboons which have developed a taste for its grapes that the wine makers are struggling with. Each day, dozens of Cape Baboons gather to strip the ancient vines – the sauvignon blanc grapes are a particular favourite –...
  • Female baboons exploit chaperones

    06/18/2009 6:26:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 574+ views
    news.bbc. ^ | 16 June 2009 | Matt Walker
    Male and female baboons form platonic friendships, where sex is off the menu. Having a caring friend around seems to greatly benefit the females and their infants, as both are harassed less by other baboons when in the company of their male pal. But why the males choose to be platonic friends remains a mystery.
  • 'Revolution' at New York University ends with cafeteria liberated, arrests of students

    02/20/2009 2:13:25 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 59 replies · 2,425+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 2-2-09 | Caitlan Millat and Corky Siemaszko
    So much for the revolution. Security guards on Friday dragged the last of the renegade New York University students out of a campus cafeteria where they had been holed up in protest for three days. "Solidarity! Solidarity!" the fist-pumping rebels yelled as they were ousted from the Kimmel Center. Four students tried to flee a balcony after campus cops breached their barricade. Others were physically removed - and unceremoniously dumped outside. "He picked me up by the shoulders and dragged me through the door," complained protest organizer Farah Khimji, a 20-year-old sophomore. "I was physically subdued. I was thrown to...
  • Ultraconserved sequences pose megaproblems for evolutionary theory

    02/05/2009 7:26:33 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 988+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger and Royal Truman
    According to Darwinian theory, in the past we had a common ancestor with baboons, further back with bananas and still further with bacteria. This dogma has spread like a ‘meme’, which is a contagious idea that propagates in a similar way as a virus by infecting brains, according to inventor of the word, Richard Dawkins.1 In 2002, Roy Britten dispelled the first monkey meme that human and chimpanzee DNA sequences are 98.5% identical.2 He showed that when indelmutations were also taken into account, the difference suddenly became about 5%. The fact that chimpanzee genomes are about 10% larger than that...
  • Baboon Community Fights Speciism, Economic Injustice

    10/26/2007 6:52:22 AM PDT · by laotzu · 20 replies · 144+ views
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 10/23/07 | (not given)
    SOUTH AFRICA - For generations, members of the impoverished baboon community in the Cape peninsula have suffered from inequality, forced to live in deplorable conditions on the margins of simian society with no access to education, subsidized housing, and universal healthcare - but this paradigm is about to shift. The baboons - whom scientists describe as the most economically oppressed minority among the primates - are finally fighting back, forcing homo sapiens to rethink their place in the diverse biosphere they had exploited for too long without giving back. Scientists are unsure about the cause of the baboons' sudden compulsion...
  • The Baboons Suffered From Stress

    08/15/2006 11:48:00 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 7 replies · 316+ views
    ArutzSheva ^ | 8/15/2006 | ArutzSheva
    ‘The Baboons Suffered From Stress’ 20:00 Aug 15, '06 / 21 Av 5766 (IsraelNN.com) Zoo keepers in Haifa said their charges were relieved to be allowed outside after spending more than four weeks indoors. The animals at the Haifa Zoo were brought in to protect them from missile fire, and to protect the public from the animals in case a rocket slammed into a cage and destroyed it, thus releasing the animal. Zoo manager Etty Ararat said Tuesday that carnivores, bears and monkeys were all moved indoors when the rockets began falling after war broke out between Israel and Hizbullah...
  • Zoo speaks le baboon

    01/22/2005 6:03:17 AM PST · by flitton · 13 replies · 360+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 22/01/05 | unattributed
    Zoo keepers are having to take French lessons to communicate with some baboons that have been brought from Paris. Staff at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe, Kent, soon realised the animals were baffled by English. Veronica Chrisp, the marketing manager said: "Our keepers quickly had to learn some basic French commands as that is all the baboons have ever heard. "If we speak English they just look bemused. Obviously, they don't understand the word as such, but it's the sound they recognise."
  • ABC Radio Ad for new 'It's All Relative' TV show calls Republican Irish Catholics BABOONS.

    09/29/2003 1:06:54 PM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 149 replies · 216+ views
    Myself ^ | 9/29/03 | JulieRNR21
    ABC has been running a promo ad on my local radio station (MA) for a new TV show called "It's All Relative". The show airs this Wed. night, 10/1/03. Since I'm Irish Catholic and a Republican, I find this ad extremely offensive because it describes one of the sets of parents as "Irish Catholic Republican Baboons". Imagine if ABC described the parents as: "Jewish Democrat Jackasses", "Moslem Democrat Camels", or "Protestant Democrat Mules".....that would be viewed as and insult politically incorrect! But they can get away with insulting the Irish, Catholics and Republicans. Has anyone else heard this ad? I...
  • Epidemic in African Baboons

    05/03/2003 8:15:10 AM PDT · by punster · 20 replies · 248+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 02 May 03 | NewScientist.com news service
    A horrific venereal disease is preying on baboons in eastern Africa. An estimated 200 animals have been infected and scientists are scrambling to identify the mystery microbe that is attacking them.
  • Thirsty baboons attack girls in Kenya for water

    04/22/2003 11:53:33 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 14 replies · 322+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/22/3
    <p>Four young girls had the fright of their lives when a pack of thirsty baboons attacked them for their water containers in a northern region of Kenya ravaged by a long dry spell, a local official said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Aisha Wako, 12, suffered cuts and bruises to the face as she tried to fight off the animals while Mumina Golicha had her clothes ripped by the baboons' claws.</p>