Ace of Sevens says
27 August 2012 at 8:49 pm
Why not? That monkey is totally metal.
New England Bob says
27 August 2012 at 8:59 pm
Its a yawn
Glen Davidson says
27 August 2012 at 9:01 pm
“Try calling me a lesser ape again!”
Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says
27 August 2012 at 9:07 pm
Looks like the key of b(ite).
27 August 2012 at 9:12 pm
Interesting… the photo and pose has a sort of
Al ‘Hirschfeld-esque’ quality to it; could have been a character in one of his drawings.
27 August 2012 at 9:25 pm
Singin’? Eructatin’? Yawnin’? Hollerin’?
Hard to say which but probably one.
Also what is it – howler monkey of some variety I’m guessin’?
27 August 2012 at 9:34 pm
I believe it is a white cheeked gibbon female (white cheeked gibbon males are black).
27 August 2012 at 9:35 pm
No, now I think I’m wrong because there is no black patch on the top of it’s head.
27 August 2012 at 9:38 pm
Lar Gibbon female?
I’m guessing it’s “None Shall Sleep”.
27 August 2012 at 10:45 pm
Sheesh people, this happens all the time. Check the link first, unless speculating is more fun or something.
From the NatGeo caption: “A lar, or white-handed, gibbon yawns.”
The article describes how they are able to produce loud, single-tone calls that travel long distances through dense jungle. So yeah, not a good choice for a pet in a suburb.
27 August 2012 at 11:37 pm
Heh. Instructions, maps, or links? Fuck no!
28 August 2012 at 3:38 am
“I am the baddest primate!”
28 August 2012 at 4:59 am
28 August 2012 at 5:01 am
JohnnieCanuck, sorry, I will click the link in future.
28 August 2012 at 6:27 am
Bears a striking resemblance to “Ecce Homo”.
28 August 2012 at 6:46 am
Definitely a yawn. The gibbon is thinking “I’m getting tired of waiting for you stupid humans to go extinct so I can have my planet back”.
28 August 2012 at 7:23 am
They’re waiting for us to blow it up, us maniacs.
28 August 2012 at 7:43 am
It’s sending a message to the monolith saying (rough translation) “Mission control? Can I please return home now? These feckers are so stooopid they haven’t discovered slood yet, think digital watches are neat, and are still infested with peas.”
David Marjanović says
28 August 2012 at 8:57 am
PZ, gibbons sing beautifully.
28 August 2012 at 8:59 am
When Gibbons call they generally puff out a large throat pouch. And they are loud. I love the gibbons at my zoo, they swing about like gymnasts while hooting at high volume. It’s great fun for the kids. I don’t think I’ve actually heard the white handed gibbons doing it though; the ones at the zoo just don’t seem nearly as interested in noisy display as the Siamang gibbons. They’re smallish and maybe not as loud as the Siamang gibbons, who are the big loud ones. Also not sure how much throat pouch they have. But I do love gibbons. One of the many particularly educational animals at the zoo. Kids really are fascinated by the apes, and it’s a great way to get them thinking about how we’re all related, even at an early age. Plus, I love that when the other kids go “Look at the monkeys”, mine will say, “They’re not monkeys, they’re gibbons.” Ah, little pedants.
28 August 2012 at 9:06 am
And nice wisdom teeth. :-)
28 August 2012 at 9:48 am
She’singing “Fangs…for the memories…”
28 August 2012 at 10:56 am
I can’t look at the picture without imagining it singing ROXANNNE
28 August 2012 at 11:41 am
Clearly it’s “AAAAH! I stubbed my freaking toe!!”
Die Anyway says
28 August 2012 at 2:58 pm
I looked at those teeth and thought “damn, that doesn’t look like a vegetarian”. So I checked. It’s a bit of an omnivore but mostly vegetarian: “In general, when data is combined among study sites, the lar gibbon diet includes fruit (66%), leaves (24%), flowers (1%), and insects (9%) although in individual studies there can be some significant variation by locality”
The teeth must be primarily a defense mechanism. Works for me.
28 August 2012 at 6:35 pm
And here I was thinking they’d be good for opening coconuts.
29 August 2012 at 3:38 am
@ 11. JohnnieCanuck :
Oh. Right. Doh. Yep, shoulda done that although guessing is kinda fun too. Cheers.
Linked article there with monkeys on helium was pretty good and worth clicking too.
29 August 2012 at 2:38 pm
Pfft, links! Where’s the fun in that?
(Dammit, a minute of google image searching for no reason. :c)