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Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge all to themselves

RIO DE JANEIRO – The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It’s meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction.

Gambling monkeys may provide clues to why humans take risks

Aragorn, one of several rhesus monkeys – all named after “Lord of the Rings” characters – that Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist Veit Stuphorn has trained to perform what is formally known as “decision-making under risk.” The goal has been to look at how those choices unfold in the brain.

Horse meat and genitals hidden in juice boxes seized by customs agents in Virginia

Customs and Border Protection agents at Dulles International Airport in Virginia seized 42 pounds of horse meat and horse genitals hidden in juice boxes, officials said Thursday. The incident happened in late January, officials, said when two women arrived at the airport from Mongolia. One of them said she had food in her bags and after a check officials found 42 pounds of meat, which she described as horsemeat and other “ruminant meat” in her belongings.

Gibraltar: a historic port with more to offer than monkeys

Barbary macaque monkeys are the star attractions in Gibraltar. Still, this historic port town is steeped in military history around the landmark Rock of Gibraltar. The town wears its scars well with plenty to offer visitors who make the trip.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A probation officer arrived at a ranch near Spokane and found four girls, ages 4 to 12, slaving away on a hog farm while their mother was enjoying herself at a baseball game and their father was nowhere to be found.

Arctic Monkeys see U.S. fan base grow

Arctic Monkeys were a sensation in England even before the word “go.” The Sheffield band’s first album was hyped enough to become Britain’s fastest-ever selling debut in 2005. American audiences didn’t have the same reaction to spastic indie/punk chart-toppers “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down,” and through the first four albums, the Monkeys have been more of a record-store geek band on this side of the Atlantic.

Zoo monkey dies of trauma after break-in

BOISE – A break-in at Zoo Boise early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and police were analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders. Two males wearing dark clothing were spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit, police said. Both fled, one of them heading into the interior of the zoo. Boise police used a thermal imager in searching the 11-acre zoo grounds but didn’t find the person.

Woman who smuggled monkey in 2007 dies after rollover

A woman who smuggled a monkey from Thailand to Spokane in 2007 died when her truck went off the road four miles south of Northport on Tuesday night, authorities said. Gypsy R. Lawson, 31, of Northport, Wash., was driving south on state Route 25 around midnight, when her 1986 Nissan pickup went off the road to the right in a left-hand curve, the Washington State Patrol reported. The pickup rolled over and struck trees. The crash was not discovered until morning.

Kershner: Chongo thrived on monkey business

A few weeks ago, in our “This Day in History” column, we learned about the escapades of Chongo the spider monkey. In 1961, Chongo slipped her chain in north Spokane, sauntered boldly into someone’s kitchen, frightened a pair of sisters and then rudely stuck her little monkey fist into a butter dish.