Pet Scoop: Two Endangered Monkeys Born in California, Sonar Blamed for Whale Strandings

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A Colobus monkey was born at the Santa Ana Zoo in California on Sept. 1.
Ethan Fisher, Santa Ana Zoo
A Colobus monkey was born at the Santa Ana Zoo in California on Sept. 1.

Rare Monkeys Born Days Apart

No monkeying around here: the Santa Ana Zoo in southern California has welcomed two baby primates in the last month. A Colobus monkey with curly white hair and a pink face was born to mom Kianga on Sept. 1. The little one’s hair will transition to match mom and dad’s distinctive black-and-white look by the time it’s 4 months old. Just days earlier, on Aug. 29, an endangered Crested Capuchin monkey was born at the zoo. It’s been spending its days riding around on mom’s back or belly. The Colobus is native to Eastern and Central Africa, while the Crested Capuchin hails from Brazil. “The Colobus Monkey is known for its energy and antics, and our new baby is already very curious,” says Santa Ana zookeeper Jill Sanders. “We’re thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share in the excitement of two live births that play a continuing role in the preservation of the Colobus and Capuchin monkeys." — Watch it at San Francisco’s KGO via Yahoo

Sonar Noise Blamed for Whale Deaths

A scientific review panel says a high frequency mapping sonar system used by an Exxon Mobil survey vessel is behind the 2008 stranding deaths of more than 100 melon-headed whales in a Madagascar lagoon. The open-ocean whales had never before — or since — been seen in the island’s shallow tidal Loza Lagoon estuarine system. “We now hope that these results will be used by industry, regulatory authorities, and others to minimize risks and to better protect marine life, especially marine mammal species that are particularly sensitive to increasing ocean noise from human activities,” said Howard Rosenbaum, director of the Ocean Giants program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. — Read it at Live Science

Downing Street Insists Prime Minister Likes His Cat

It’s not easy being Larry. The feline resident of 10 Downing Street, the famed London address that’s home to Prime Minister David Cameron and his family, was adopted in 2011 to help quell a rat infestation. Over the years, there’ve been rumors that the 6-year-old kitty wasn’t exactly up to the job of chief mouser — he was often caught sleeping on the job. But now the Camerons are battling reports that they don’t like the tabby. The reports are “totally untrue,” a spokesman said in a statement Friday. “He is very popular with everyone in the building and we all get on purr-fectly well.” — Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph

Fans of the National Zoo's Panda Cam won't get to see the famed baby girl if the government shuts down.
Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Fans of the National Zoo's Panda Cam won't get to see the famed baby girl if the government shuts down.

D.C. Zoo Would Close in Shutdown

If Congress doesn’t pass legislation to keep the government running, of the things that would be impacted is the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington. The zoo would be closed to the public during a shutdown, and the popular Panda Cam, where fans can keep an eye on the zoo’s adorable 5-week-old cub, would go dark. Essential personnel would continue to take care of the animals. — Read it at NBC Washington

Pierce Brosnan Draws Pets

007 to the rescue! Actor Pierce Brosnan, best known for playing James Bond, has another talent, too: he’s an artist. Brosnan’s depiction of his adopted dog, Shilo, and cat, Angel Baby, is featured on the California Pet Lover’s License Plate. Commissioned by the California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund Inc. and California Veterinary Medical Board, the personalized plates cost $98, while standard state plates are $50. The funds raised by the sales will cover the cost of spay and neuter procedures for pets belonging to people who can’t afford it. The plates can be ordered through — See photo at People Pets


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