They Don’t Call it ‘Monkey Business’ For No Reason
The Independent says red tailed monkeys and blue monkeys in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania regularly pair up to make "monkey time." They are having relations despite the fact that they are completely "separate creatures" with "different looks" and "different social structures."
This cross-mating has led to a hybrid species. Kate Detwiler, an anthropology professor at Florida Atlantic University said:
Red-tails are mating with blues, blues are mating with red-tails, and hybrids are mating with everyone.
This begs the question, is this bad? Detwiler says they have not encountered any "negative consequences" as a result. While this, according to the report, is the first documented "cross-divide mating" of the Guenon monkeys, experts admit that it's probably gone on before.
No that said, it's been suggested that I am in the wrong line of work, and I am here to tell you those suggestions are spot on. I love radio, love my job, and I am good at it, but I needed to be in the monkey game years ago. The only thing I love more than radio is monkeys.
I should have started my monkey research career many years ago. Had I put in my time, I would be at the top of the monkey game right now. I'd be wearing the standard, full khaki uniform, head to toe. I'm talking the short, khaki nut-huggers, tight, tucked, button down khaki shirt, and I'd top it off with the Panama Jack hat/helmet.
I would have known about this funky-monkey cross-breeding program they got going in Tanzania without having to read about it. I would have probably been the head of the monkey department at Gombe Park in Tanzania and raking in big monkey dollars.
Let's call my failure to launch my monkey career life regret #1,672,431.
Trying to comprehend all these monkey sex configurations has me feeling like Frank Costanza:
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