Friday, April 16, 2010

Raiding the Henhouse

Eggs on vintage tableclothUntil last year, Brazilian howler monkeys were believed to have been strictly vegetarian. That's when researchers spotted the primates investigating birds' nests and chicken coops. Although some of the howlers ate the eggs, most simply examined then returned them to the nest. Now, as interesting as the diet change is, I think it's even more interesting that the monkeys put the eggs back where they found them. I wouldn't have been surprised if the researchers reported that the monkeys tossed the eggs or played with them. Replacing them shows some kind of understanding and consideration I didn't expect. Perhaps by returning the eggs, the howlers were ensuring a new generation of egg-layers, and food for the future. Or maybe they were just being nice. Whole story here.

6 comments:

NuclearToast said...

Or maybe the howler monkeys have some sort of simian OCD and have to replace things where they found them?

Lynn Sinclair said...

No doubt that monkeys are susceptible to the same modern day illnesses as us -- and they have even less control over what's happening around them. What's a monkey to do?

Karla said...

Obviously they have fussy children who won't eat eggs too!!!!

Georgie said...

Scrambled, poached, omelet with wild herbs, over easy.... Too big a decision for these guys, and that's why they simply look, sniff, inspect -- then pass. :-)

Interesting story, Lynn. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Now, that could be true, Karla, but they do eat their vegies!

Lynn Sinclair said...

Lol, Georgie. Poor things are stuck with the raw option because they haven't quite got the knack of lighting a fire yet.