Monkey apes human behavior after zoo visitor drops iPhone

Just a couple of weeks after a Formosan macaque was spotted apparently hard at work at his desk at Sun Yat-sen University, a Southeast Asian relative was recorded attempting to use an iPhone at Hsinchu Zoo, today, Sunday, February 21. Zoo visitors were amazed and delighted when a crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) picked up a gold-colored iPhone and began to swipe, tap, and stare at the device’s screen. The monkey’s behavior appeared to mimic that of humans, although, perhaps due

Read more

Farmers Frustrated as Monkeys Steal Piglets and Run Amok

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] A farmer in Yunlin’s Douliu District expressed frustration today that Formosan Macaques were running amok on farms, and not only damaging crops, but invading people’s homes and animal sheds. The farmer, Mr Wu, has personally witnessed monkeys take newborn piglets to use them as playthings. Farmers feel they have no way to effectively deal with the monkey problem. In the pictures associated with this story a piglet was taken by a juvenile macaque who sat

Read more