Monkey walks exclusively like a human after near-fatal illness.

Seems there’s some monkey business out in Israel these days involving a five year-old black macaque monkey named Natasha that began walking upright like a human after recovering from a near-fatal illness. Normally monkeys alternate between moving while upright and down on all fours, but it seems Natasha has opted to adopt the former mode of transport.

Yahoo! News – Monkey Apes Humans by Walking on Two Legs

Two weeks ago, Natasha and three other monkeys were diagnosed with severe stomach flu. At the zoo clinic, she slipped into critical condition, said Igal Horowitz, the veterinarian.

“I was sure that she was going to die,” he said. “She could hardly breathe and her heart was not functioning properly.”

After intensive treatment, Natasha’s condition stabilized. When she was released from the clinic, Natasha began walking upright.

“I’ve never seen or heard of this before,” said Horowitz. One possible explanation is brain damage from the illness, he said.

Otherwise, Horowitz said, Natasha’s behavior has returned to normal.

I don’t think it was brain damage, I think it was Natasha deciding it was time to stop monkeying around and evolve so she could become a doctor. Hell, she’s already evolved enough to be a lawyer the President.

5 thoughts on “Monkey walks exclusively like a human after near-fatal illness.

  1. I’ve actually read a report of a goat learning to be bipedal after damaging its forelimbs of a barbed wire fence, but it is interesting to see a primate starting to walk upright.  It might provide some clues as to how and why early hominids started to do so.  I wonder if anyone is performing further studies.

  2. I haven’t seen any video clips of ‘Natasha’ but you may have some luck finding some of ‘Oliver’ since he was around a while before she was.

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