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Human Walking Monkey

18:04 2004-07-23



JERUSALEM -- Natasha -- a young monkey at an Israeli zoo -- is aping humans with her upright walk. And it's causing her veterinarian to scratch his head.

Zookeepers say 5-year-old Natasha has been walking exclusively on her hind legs since a near-death-experience with stomach flu.


Monkeys usually alternate between upright movement and walking on all fours.

A newspaper photo shows her standing ramrod straight like a human. The photo carries a caption that reads, "The Missing Link?".

The vet at the zoo clinic said he has never seen or heard of a monkey walking exclusively on its back legs, and speculates she may have suffered brain damage from the illness.

Otherwise, her behavior has returned to normal.


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