Monkeys have always been considered as fun, lovable and entertainingly humorous creatures. They’re oftentimes shown in movies as having close interaction with people and having the ability to be on the same interactive level that’s not commonly found to that of other animals in the mammal kingdom. Some are facts, some are fiction. So I am here to give you 13 facts that shed some light on the line that divides the two.
Number one: Monkeys usually go in groups.
This is attributed to the fact that monkeys are highly social creatures. Though their interaction is mainly with that of their own kind, particularly in the wild, this interactive behaviour proves to be beneficial in a number of ways. For one, it helps ward off predators due to the sheer intimidation independently of the amounts. Two, using a”troop” identifies them from that of other groups of monkeys and help establish a sense of land and boundary. And lastly, there isn’t any requirement for them to compete for food source since that’s usually abundant particularly in the jungles.
Number two: Monkeys are classified into two classes – 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.
Number 3: Monkeys actually yawn.
The yawning of a fighter differs from that of the yawning of people. It can indicate that the monkey is 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 the monkeys.
Some even assert that these monkey’s noises can be heard up to ten miles away.
Number 5: Some monkeys have prehensile tails.
This implies that they have the capability to have their tails catch and hold objects pretty similar to 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 may be in the form of getting rid of the lice usually prevalent in their fur and tidying up some wayward body hair. Interestingly, this is also their form of affection and a indication of creating peace with each other.
There’s 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.
Much like how humans communicate, monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.
Number 11: You’re not allowed to smile or grin at a monkey.
Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys. Together with bobbing the head or jerking it forward along with the shoulders.
Number 12: Spider monkeys are the audience favorites.
It’s been known that the spider monkeys have appeared in more films than any other breed of fighter.
A monkey won’t ever eat banana as it is. He would rather peel it then throw the peel away.