Langur Monkeys Orange Babies

The François’ langur, also known as the Francois’ leaf monkey, Tonkin leaf monkey, or white side-burned black langur is a species of lutung and the type species of its species group. It is one of the least studied of the species belonging to the Colobinae subfamily.

The species is distributed from Southwestern China to northeastern Vietnam. The total number of wild individuals is unknown, but fewer than 500 are believed to be left in Vietnam and 1,400–1,650 in China. About 60 langurs are in captivity in North American zoos. The species is named after Auguste François (1857–1935), who was the French Consul at Lungchow in southern China.

Infants are born with bright orange coloured fur, which fades to black throughout the period of infancy lasting several months. It isn’t known why their coats are so conspicuous, but current hypotheses suggest it may elicit attention, protection and caregiving by adults.



Massive Monkey Brawl Erupts Over Food in Tourist-Deprived Thailand

A jaw-dropping video from Thailand provides a chilling example of how the coronavirus has spawned chaos in unexpected ways as it shows an enormous group of monkeys accustomed to eating handouts from tourists now forced to fight over a meager scrap of food. The unsettling scene was reportedly filmed this week in the city of Lopburi. Usually a prime destination for visitors from around the world, the location has become a veritable ghost town due to the concerns over the pandemic.

Due to the downturn in tourism, the area’s resident monkey population, which numbers in the thousands, has grown increasingly hungry as was evident in the unnerving incident filmed by stunned onlooker Sasaluk Rattanachai. In her video, the deprived primates can be seen roaming the streets by the hundreds in an apparent search for sustenance. Although it’s hard to discern exactly what one of the monkeys wound up finding to eat, its meal does not last very long as the creature is soon swarmed by the other starving animals in a truly terrifying turn of events.

“They looked more like wild dogs than monkeys,” Rattanachai marveled, “they went crazy for the single piece of food. I’ve never seen them this aggressive.” One can only hope that similar showdowns do not erupt at local grocery stores across America once the initial stockpiles of toilet paper and other hoarded sundries that people have acquired over the last few days begin to dwindle in the weeks to come.

Somebody feed the damn monkeys please!

World’s Only PINK Manta Ray Discovered

A truly wondrous natural phenomenon has been captured in photo. The world’s only known pink manta ray. In the aquatic world, even grown fish sometimes retain the magnificent colors nature bestows on them at birth. Clown fish, for example, are beautifully hued creatures that keep their rainbow colors for their entire lives, but larger fish — manta rays, for example — are a dull, rather uninspiring shade of grey, or even a dull brownish green.

Vivid colors like aquamarine and bright pink aren’t found on large sea critters; it’s as though nature gave them size, and decided that was enough of an advantage, since they can pretty much take on any adversary they encounter under the sea. But all of that changes now with the discovery of this pretty in pink manta ray.

Imagine the shock photographer Kristian Laine got last month when he was diving off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef, in Australia. He encountered a one-of-a-kind pink, male manta ray, and was so surprised he very nearly didn’t get photographs of it. At first, Laine thought either his eyesight or his camera was playing tricks on him, but once he looked for a few long moments, he realized that yes, he was face to face with a startling, pink manta ray. And he’s got the pictures to prove it.

Formally called a pink reef manta, the oddball creature was first spotted five years ago, by diving instructor Ryan Jeffrey, who also got pictures. It is such an anomaly in nature that the ray earned his own name, Inspector Clouseau, after the famous, clumsy detective in the “Pink Panther” movie series, with Peter Sellers. But he has warranted some serious investigation, too, because marine biologists aren’t sure what has caused the colourizing of his skin. He is very timid and retiring, and though he’s been spotted about 10 times since Jeffrey’s initial sighting, he is elusive when researchers try to get too close.

Nonetheless, Project Manta, an organization devoted to studying manta rays in Australia, has had a chance to see Inspector Clouseau, and even got a skin sample to biopsy in 2016. According to ecologist Asia Haines, who is with the group, the pink manta ray is a tough case to examine. She recently told, “There has not been a thorough investigation into diet or stable isotope analysis,” she explained, “but given the stability of the white ‘birthmark’ and pink colouring over time we think diet can be ruled out. The working theory is that it is just a different, very unique expression of the melanin, (in his skin) but that is still to be confirmed.”

Whatever the reason Clouseau is the dusty rose shade he is, Laine is just glad to be one of the few who’ve seen him up close. “Overall,” he told, “it was just very calm and let me be there. Later, when I realized what I had witnessed I was stoked — I just couldn’t believe how rare a moment I had experienced.”

Indeed, just being close to a massive creature like Clouseau would be memorable — he’s more than 11 feet long. But seeing the pink that Mother Nature has bestowed upon Clouseau would take that memory to the next level — from enjoyment to amazement to wonder. It’s the kind of experience the Great Barrier Reef is famous for, and now this pink manta ray is every bit as famous, too.

Obscure Animals

The Dhole


The Dhole is a species of canid native to South and Southeast Asia.  The dhole is a highly social animal, living in large clans which occasionally split up into small packs to hunt.  It primarily preys on medium-sized ungulates, which it hunts by tiring them out in long chases, and kills by disemboweling them. Though fearful of humans, dhole packs are bold enough to attack large and dangerous animals such as wild boar, water buffalo, and even tigers.


The Babirusa


Babirusa, meaning “Hog-deer”, are members of the pig family found in Wallacea, or specifically the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula and Buru.  If a babirusa does not grind its tusks (achievable through regular activity), they will eventually keep growing so as to penetrate the animal’s own skull.


The Fossa



The fossa is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar.  The fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar.   It has semi-retractable claws and flexible ankles that allow it to climb up and down trees head-first, and also support jumping from tree to tree.


The Gerenuk



The gerenuk, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn bush scrub and desert in Eastern Africa. The word gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”.  Gerenuks have a relatively small head for their body, but their eyes and ears are proportionately large.  Gerenuks seldom graze but browse on prickly bushes and trees, such as acacias. They can reach higher branches and twigs than other gazelles and antelope by standing erect on their rear legs and stretching their elongated necks.


Irrawaddy Dolphin



The Irrawaddy dolphin is a species of oceanic dolphin found near sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia.  Genetically, the Irrawaddy dolphin is closely related to the killer whale.




The markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in northeastern Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The species is classed by the IUCN as Endangered, as there are fewer than 2,500 mature individuals.  The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.  While chewing the cud, a foam-like substance comes out of its mouth which drops on the ground and dries. This foam-like substance is sought after by the local people, who believe it is useful in extracting snake poison from snake bitten wounds.



Southern Right Whale Dolphin


The southern right whale dolphin is a small and slender species of mammal found in cool waters of the southern hemisphere.  They are fast active swimmers and have no visible teeth and no dorsal fin. They are very graceful and often move by leaping out of the water continuously.


Sunda Colugo


Also known as The Sunda flying lemur, it is not actually a lemur and does not fly. Instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.  The Sunda Coluga can be found throughout Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.





Lampreys are a type of jawless fish that live mostly in coastal and fresh waters whose adults are characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth.  They attach themselves to fish and suck their blood.  Lampreys have been around for nearly 300 millions years and their body structure has remained relatively unchanged.


Raccoon Dog



The Raccoon Dog, or Tanuki, is a canid indigenous to East Asia.  The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon, to which it is not closely related.  They are very good climbers and regularly climb trees.


Zebra Duiker


The zebra duiker is a small antelope found in Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa.  They have gold or red-brown coats with distinctive zebra-like stripes (hence the name)  Their prong-like horns are about 4.5 cm long in males, and half that in females.  They live in lowland rainforests and mostly eat leaves and fruit.


Star-Nosed Mole


The star-nosed mole is a small mole found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is easily identified by the 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around.

Some more common animals.











The Flying Rays


Mobula is a genus of ray in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays). Their appearance is similar to that of manta rays, which are in the same family. Species of this genera are often collectively referred to as “flying mobula” or simply “flying rays”, due to their propensity for breaching, sometimes in a spectacular manner. The devil fish can attain a disc width of up to 5.2 m (17 ft) and can probably weigh over a ton, second only to the Manta species in size. Despite their size, little is known about this genus, much of it being from anecdotal accounts.