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Monkeys harrassing women???



http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientis...nkeys_fro.php?
That says it all, kind of humorous methinks!

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Don't know about women, but a buddy or mine claims that he was in Borneo working for an oil company when he got lost in the jungle in his jeep. He said it was pure hell. He couldn't sleep a wink in the open jeep because every time he nodded off an orangutan would come out of nowhere and poke him.

BTW, it may not have been Borneo, and I have no idea how to spell orangutan.
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LOL.... can you imagine a dog killing/rock throwing monkey pointing at it's genitals and chasing your wife
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If you live in the small village of Nachu in Kenya, watch out, because a group of approximately 300 marauding monkeys is out to steal your food, sexually harass your women and attack and kill your livestock! In a truly amazing incidence of interspecies communication, a group of vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, is using sexual harassment to intimidate women and children, who are responsible for growing maize, potatoes, beans and other crops for their farming community, causing them to lose their main food supply so they now are dependent upon famine relief to survive.

The monkeys are more afraid of young men than women and children, with the bolder individuals throwing stones and chasing the women from their farms. In an attempt to scare the monkeys away, the women are now wearing their husband's clothing, but the wily monkeys are not fooled.

"When we come to chase the monkeys away, we are dressed in trousers and hats, so that we look like men," said Nachu resident Lucy Njeri. "But the monkeys can tell the difference and they don't run away from us and point at our breasts. They just ignore us and continue to steal the crops."

Further, the monkeys also make sexually explicit gestures at the women, according to the residents.

"The monkeys grab their breasts, and gesture at us while pointing at their private parts. We are afraid that they will sexually harass us," said Njeri.

While it was not unusual for the monkeys to harass the women and be less afraid of them than they are of the men, according to the Kenyan Wildlife Service, the service had never before heard of monkeys making sexually explicit gestures as a form of communication to humans. Yet, despite their new problems with the monkeys, it is a criminal offence to harm or kill any of them, so the besieged villagers must instead figure out a way to outwit the monkeys without harming them.

Unfortunately, the monkeys have even been killing the residents' livestock and dogs, evading traps and avoiding poisoned food. The residents are now harvesting their crops early in an attempt to salvage what they can, however, the monkeys are now breaking in to the residents' houses to steal their food. The residents even formed a "monkey squad" that consists of men who track the monkeys' movements, but there simply are not enough people available to do the job adequately. Further, the monkeys have their own sentinals that keep watch on the residents, giving warning when they are approaching so the monkeys can escape.

I wonder why this is occurring all of a sudden? I'd guess this is the result of human encroachment into the monkeys' former territory or perhaps a local food shortage, perhaps caused by the residents. And the "sexually explicit gestures" seem to be a spin-off of what the monkeys normally use to form their own social structure, or perhaps this behavior was learned by watching their human neighbors. Also, didn't HIV originate in the green monkey, Chlorocebus sabaeus, which is a close relative of the vervet monkey? It kind of makes you wonder what might happen to the people if enough of them are bitten or .. otherwise abused .. by these monkeys?


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