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Burma’s Sneezing Monkey Is Already Endangered

by | 28th, October 2010

MEET monkey Rhinopithecus Strykeri (trans: monkey with an upturned face – think Victoria Beckham doing her own grooming; or is it Michael Jackson hiding out 10,00 ft above sea level in Burma?).

The monkey – famed for sneexing when it rains – was found by scientists from Flora and Fauna International. But the locals had already fond the creatures and had been hunting them for meat for ages.

Still, when the conservationists find a new beast, it’s put on a list. You flying camels of Patagonia do not exist unless you are on the list. Sorry, It’s just the way it is.

Now on the list, the Rhinopithecus Strykeri is classified as “critically endangered”.

The boffins estimate there are 260-330 individual monkeys in the region. But if it took so long to find one, how do the scientists know how many there are?

Meanwhile, the locals have one less cheap source of protein. Hurrah for science…



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