Monkeys have always been regarded as fun, adorable and entertainingly humorous creatures. They are oftentimes shown in films as having close interaction with humans and having the ability to be on the same interactive level that is not commonly found to that of other animals in the mammal kingdom. Some are facts, some are fiction. So I’m here to offer you 13 facts that shed some light on the line that separates the two.
Number 1: Monkeys usually go in groups.
This is attributed to the fact that monkeys are highly social animals. Though their interaction is mainly with that of their own kind, particularly in the wild, this interactive behavior proves to be beneficial in a number of ways. For one, it helps ward off predators because of the sheer intimidation independently of their numbers. Two, using a”troop” identifies them from that of other groups of monkeys and help establish a sense of territory and boundary. And lastly, there is no requirement for them to compete for food origin because that’s usually abundant particularly in the jungles.
Number 2: Monkeys are grouped into two groups – the New World Monkeys and the Old World Monkeys (two of three groups of simian monkeys).
The monkeys found in Africa, central to southern Asia, Japan and India are classified as Old World Monkeys, while those found in Mexico and Central and South America are classified as New World Monkeys. The differences between both groups of monkeys manifest themselves in the form of varying physical traits.
The yawning of a fighter differs from that of the yawning of humans. It can indicate that the monkey is either tired or angry at something. So better be careful if you see a monkey yawns; he’s far from being sleepy.
Number 4: Howler monkeys are the loudest of all of the monkeys.
Some even claim that these fighter’s sounds can be heard as far as ten miles away. This is also an effective anti-predator trait.
This implies that they have the ability to have their tails grab and hold objects pretty much like how their hands can. This permits them to swing fluidly from tree to tree and agilely climb up on the trees’ branches.
Number 6: Monkeys groom each other.
Monkeys grooming can be in the form of getting rid of the lice usually prevalent in their fur and also tidying up some wayward body hair. Interestingly, this is also their form of affection and a indication of creating peace with each other.
There is something about monkeys’ physiological makeup that make them immune to the influenza virus.
Number 8: A monkey was once convicted under the American constitution.
It had been reported that a monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
Again reverting to their similarities to humans, monkeys do not have a”season” for breeding. They can spawn or replicate whenever and wherever at any time of the year.
Number 10: Monkeys communicate just like how the humans do.
Just like how people communicate, monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.
Number 11: You’re not allowed to smile or smile at a monkey.
Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys. Along with bobbing the head or jerking it forward along with the shoulders.
Number 12: Spider monkeys are the crowd favorites.
It’s been understood that the spider monkeys have appeared in more films than any other breed of fighter.
A monkey will never eat banana as it is. He would rather peel it then throw the peel away.