Monkeys Like Watching Television !!

Monkeys like watching television, Japanese scientists have revealed in a new study A three-year-old male rhesus macaque thoroughly enjoyed a video of a circus elephant, giraffe and tiger performing, according to scientists from 1 University’s Primate Research Institute, who monitored the monkey’s brain during the experiment.

Scientist used a technique called near-infrared spectroscopy to examine various aspects of the blood flow to the brain of the monkey while it was watching the television images The study found that when the monkey was witnessing the acrobatic performances of circus animals on a television screen, the frontal lobe area of its brain became vigorously active.
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Zoo Giraffe Enjoys Regular Pedicures

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Standing out from the crowd has taken on a whole new meaning for Thorn, the tallest giraffe at England’s Chester zoo. Thorn gets daily pedicures from zookeepers, and unlike other giraffes that take anesthetics for similar treatment, he goes into each session wide awake.So how does this Rothschild giraffe stay unruffled during the procedure? Zookeepers use a pioneering training technique that involves voice commands and food rewards to get Thorn to cooperate. Over the past 12 months since they first started the process, Thorn has learned to stay put for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

“At first it took some getting used to,” keeper Lizzie Bowen says of Thorn’s reaction to the pedicures. “It took us six months before we trained him to rest his foot long enough for us to be able to rasp his foot.” But Thorn grew increasingly comfortable with the presence of zoo staff. “He remains calm around them. It has become part of his routine now,”
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Amali, The Giraffe With A Crooked Neck Dies

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The 5-year-old giraffe who arrived at the Tulsa Zoo last month with a bent neck has died.Zoo veterinarian Dr. Kay Backues said the animal had a broken growth plate in her neck, resulting in damage to her vertebrae, according to the Associated Press. She died shortly after being sedated for an X-ray procedure.

Known as Amali, the 11-ft.-tall female giraffe was intended to breed with a male at the zoo. She had arrived Oct. 18 from Ohio’s Wilds, along with another female. That was when zoo authorities discovered her injury.Zoo spokesman Angela Evans said that staff had been providing Amali with ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs and mild muscle relaxants. Just a week ago the giraffe was “getting around fine,” according to Evans.

“She’s just an amazing animal,” Evans said. “So curious and such a puppy-like quality.”On Thursday, a team from the Oklahoma State Veterinary Health Sciences — including an equine surgeon and a radiologist — helped take X-rays, according to Oklahoma’s NewsOn6.com. The procedure went smoothly, but once finished, the giraffe’s condition deteriorated rapidly despite emergency treatment.


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Amali The Giraffe Whose Nape Turned Hook-Shaped

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This giraffe is suffering what looks like the world’s biggest pain in the neck.Five-year-old Amali from Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma, had the unfortunate crick in transit from The Wilds park in Ohio.It is feared that the hook might never be cured Since undergoing treatment from Tulsa Zoo’s resident vet Dr Kay Backues, Amali has been kept in medical quarantine since her arrival on October 18.

Luckily, the 11-foot tall female giraffe is not thought to be in any pain and staff at Tulsa Zoo are hoping the crick corrects itself naturally.’When Amali the giraffe walked off the trailer into her new home she could walk, eat and manoeuvre normally,’ said Dr. Backues.’Amali was initially treated for muscle fatigue and possible soft tissue trauma.’We are using medications a human might use if they strained their neck or back, such as non-steroidal ant-inflammatories similar to ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, pain relievers (analgesics) and a vitamin supplement.

These treatments have appeared to make her more comfortable, but further diagnostics are being planned to determine the extent of the injury.’She is due to have an X-ray next week after the Thanksgiving holiday.’ A giraffe’s neck is designed with strong ligaments and elongated bones that give it the ability to browse higher on trees in the wild than other animals.

However, in Amali’s case the unique support system of the head and neck that gives them this advantage is a delicate alignment that is susceptible to injury by muscle fatigue, or ligament and tendon trauma.Other vets, who specialise in large exotic animals medicine, including from Amali’s home zoo in Ohio, have worked with Tulsa staff to help determine the best plan of treatment.’Our staff are providing the best care possible for Amali,’ said Terrie Correll, Tulsa Zoo Director.Further diagnostics, such as X-rays, may better determine the course of treatment. However, a giraffe, unlike a human with a similar injury, is not going to ‘take it easy’ or ‘stay off’ because of an injury.’

Under constant medical surveillance Amali is adjusting well to her new environment.’Even with diagnostics such as X-rays, we still must accept that there may be no definitive, physical treatment for her injury,’ said Dr. Backues.’We are taking her treatment one day at a time, and while her current condition is stable, her long term prognosis is still unknown.’

Amali, whose name translates to ‘hope’ in Swahili, will remain in quarantine and under veterinary care as the Tulsa Zoo develops options for her treatment.She continues to function and act normally and zoo staff hope after more recovery time, she, too, will join her new herd on exhibit.Giraffes are inhabitants of the savannahs, grasslands and open woodlands of Africa.


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