As revealed by BBC nature, a wild male marmoset has been seen and filmed embracing and caring for his dying partner. The female accidentally fell from a tree in the forests of Brazil and the male comforted her as she lay dying. Such behavior is "astounding", say scientists, having only been previously recorded in primates among chimpanzees and humans. The marmosets were the dominant pair in their group, having been committed partners for three-and-a-half years. Within months of the female's death, the male left the group, never to return. Details of the extraordinary interaction are published in the journal Primates, along with a video recording the behavior.
From the ‘you can’t script it’ category comes this somewhat bizarre story about a pending legal entanglement between a clever monkey, a photographer, and Wikipedia. It all started back in 2011 when nature photographer David Slater had his equipment, erm, borrowed by a rather forthright primate who proceeded to take hundreds of selfies, including the ubiqitious one above which has since been adopted by Wikipedia in its Wikimedia Commons collection.
Slater requested they remove the image only to be advised by Wikipedia that they wouldn’t as it was technically the monkey who pushed the button on the camera to take the photo, not the David Slater himself. ‘But it was his camera, sir?’ Nope, according to Wikipedia, the copyright is legally held by the monkey, who, strangely enough, hasn’t had much to say about the proceedings.
Now the UK’s Telegraph are reporting that it’ll cost Slater an estimated £10,000 in legal fees to take the matter to court. All the while, Wikipedia remain unrepentant. Talk about taking the monkey!