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Japanese Macaque

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Japanese macaques are native to Japan (obviously) and, as of 1972, to Texas where 150 of them were relocated to the South Texas Primate Observatory. While none of the accounts I’ve found have bothered explained why anyone thought this was a good idea, they all confirm that several monkeys died after the move. It seemsthe climate of South Texas is somewhat different from what they were used to. However, they adapted and the troop thrived and grew to over 600. Then, being monkeys, they started to pick locks, climb fences, and otherwise escape into wider Texas.

Texas, being Texas, decided that monkey hunting season should be a thing because while the monkeys were a protected species, they weren’t native to Texas and could be shot. This decision was later reversed under the clarification that it’s not okay to shoot someone else’s animals even if they were trespassing … even though it seems to be okay in non-monkey circumstances.

Basically, the only way this makes sense is if the monkeys are now considered Texas natives, so the protection list applies.



For a number of very good reasons, you are not supposed to touch the animals at the zoo.

That said, when you accidentally back into this duck when you’re taking photos of something else, you learn that it complains to you through a high pitched warbling whistle noise that sounds almost exactly like “Dude, really?” but, you know, in Duck.



I love so many things about this sign.

I love how it’s so NYC centric in exactly the say that no New Yorkers would even think twice about it but everyone else has no frame of reference for exactly how tall some of those buildings are.

I love how it shows just how amazingly tall mountains are.

I love how there is some three-dimensionality both in how the sign is angled and in how the mountains and buildings are layered on top of one another.

Most of all, though, I love how if that snow leopard on the sign were moved into NYC, we’d have a full fledged “monster destroys the city” thing going on.