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Harambe – a rallying cry for tolerance

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Harambe” is said to be an African chant, a rallying cry for unity and co-operation, used in Kenya.

Harambe is also the name for a rare & endangered 17 Year Old Western lowland silver-back Gorilla that was moved to Cincinnati Zoo back in 2014 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.

He was sadly killed on May 28th, 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.

He was killed due to a young unattended child falling into his holding area due to a negligent inattentive parent.

The zoo director, Thane Maynard, confirmed the gorilla did not appear to be attacking the child, but he described it as ‘an extremely strong animal in an agitated situation’.

‘You’re talking about an animal that’s over 400 pounds and extremely strong. So no, the child wasn’t under attack but all sorts of things could happen in a situation like that. He certainly was at risk.’

Given time and the right ( calm ) environment, some animal behaviour experts say, that Harambe would have handed over the child.  I think that Homo sapiens or human beings excel at not trusting or having faith in what they can do, and instead they stereotype the situation “big animal, we can’t control him, the boy may be hurt by the big strong animal, let’s kill the Gorilla, rather than try to subdue the situation and try a little longer to rescue the boy, while keeping the gorilla alive”.

During a press conference on Monday, Maynard said Harambe was ‘behaving erratically’, before adding: ‘The child wasn’t just being endangered, but dragged around by the ankle and hurt.’  The gorilla is or was intelligent and dragged the boy away from screaming on-lookers to protect the boy.  Anyone can see in the stills that the Gorilla did not intend to purposely harm the child.  The child, of course, was hurt when he fell in.

News reports say the zoo will review whether the enclosure is secure enough, and the Zoo Director has said “what do you expect from a 4 year old child”, when the real issues are the enclosure was not doubled up to prevent this from happening  AND  the parents took their eyes off the boy.  The parents thank God for keeping their child safe and for having the right people there at the right time – which is pretty ironic –  as they were there too and supposed to be actually keeping a close hold of their four year old.

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Soon all the fuss will die down, Harambe whom grew up in captivity, will be missed by his primate family.   Another rare and endangered animal willfully destroyed, because of careless parents and short-shortsightedness with not having the enclosure child proof.
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The parents had 4 children and could have been looking after the youngest properly, especially because he had said he wanted to play in the water, and the Zoo or someone in the Public could have asked sometime before 28 May 2016, for the enclosure to be made more secure.   A quick acting zoo visitor could have scaled the fence and grabbed the boy.

On the day of Harmabe’s death, someone clear headed about having a calm environment with the situation at the zoo ( yes it is possible ) could have cleared the area away from shouting panicking on-lookers.

Yes, so many COULDS or SHOULDS, with the moral of this story being for the Cincinatti Zoo to do the right thing regarding its responsibilities toward its captive animals welfare and toward the zoo visitors.  Issues around whether we should have Zoos at all will arise, for example, why not just have them as Conservation Centres not even open to the public?
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I for one don’t want to go to a “Zoo” to stare at animals.
The End  ( of Harmabe’s short life – Gorillas can live to 60 years of age )

Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey

 

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What’s the Difference between an Ape and a Monkey?   Find out  HERE

The Chinese Zodiac Year of the (female) Red Monkey will start on 8th February  2016 (Chinese New Year) and run to 27 Jan. 2017.  The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.   The best Source for information is below.:

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/

You can find out your Chinese Zodiac sign including your Day, Month and Year animal symbols by clicking on the Link “Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” on the Page above.  You can then click on your Year Animal to see what 2016 may have in store for you.

Did you know that –

YOUR  DAY SIGN   IS just as important as your Year Sign?

If you were born in January or February see this important information  HERE.

If you are wondering why some call this Chinese New Year the Year of the Red Monkey, it may help you to read the Page on my “Peace” website below.

Read more…

Marvellous Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

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The silvery lutung (Trachypithecus cristatus), also known as the silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

I just watched a great BBC Documentary called “Monkeys Revealed“.  It covered fascinating facts about a numerous range of monkeys or primates.  My favorite was the Silvery Lutung or Silvered leaf monkeys of Malaysia.  The babies are born ginger in colour whereas the adults are a beautiful silvery colour.   The babies are really cute and the documentary proposed that their coloration is to make them “hi-vis” or to give them high visibility vests, so to speak!   It certainly showed the babies were very noticeable in the trees for the adults to look out for and protect!

The baby lutungs, also called langurs are born with orange fur and turn to silver at approximately three months of age, although some can begin their transformation aged just one month, according to Beth McDonald, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo

The link below tells more about these delightful monkeys, and shows an un-missable photo of a baby turning silver, head first.

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According to the IUCN ( International Union of Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources ) –
Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened, almost qualifying as threatened under criterion A2c.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22035/0

A monkey is a Primate and Primates are mammals belonging to the order Primates.  Homo sapiens or human beings are Primates.  If you are interested, you can find out how human beings sprung from the Order of Primates, and that apes and monkeys also originated from the same ancestor, by reading the Post below.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/animal-trees/

I also liked the Japanese or Snow macaques whom cuddled up in sub-zero temperatures, to keep warm during winter. They even took turns to get into the middle “hot spot”, as shown by cameras that filmed thermal ( hot ) areas.  Mind you, I wasn’t so happy to see them having a hot bath in the hot springs, but turfing out the lowly ranked.  I discovered that the monkeys have “ranks” e.g. the females are ranked according to their mothers, and the males according to their physical prowess and strength.

I liked the colorful Mandrill Baboons, but was not keen on the Hamadryas Baboon male “leader” whom attacked the females just to throw around his weight.

In finishing, I recommend this Documentary if you get a chance to watch it.

I love Orang-utans and of course, Gorillas !  Please see the information below about conservation of the magnificent Orang-utans.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/action-alerts/orang-utans/

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/celebrate-easter-by-helping-chocolate-the-orang-utan/

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