Sep 16, 2008

Gelada Monster

I believe this is a gelada monster monkey. Theropithecus gelada is the most terrestrial of all monkeys. They live at high altitudes in Ethiopia, where they eat grasses. They have large, fatty butts that allow them to comfortably sit down most of the day so they can munch. See, there is a scientific advantage to having a fatty butt. I can now feel proud of the role I fill as office monkey, where my own fatty rear is used to augment the ergonomic qualities of my chair.

These monkeys are under threat, despite their remote location. Native peoples hunt the males for their impressive manes, which are used in coming-of-age ceremonies. Come on, people. Let's leave the gelada out of your ceremonial rites. How about issuing diplomas instead?

Thanks for the photo, True Bavarian.

10 comments:

Zanna said...

This isn't even a gelada at full terror, for that you really need to see the threat display where they flip their uppper lip inside out;
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/Photography/Images/POD/g/gelada-fangs-711063-sw.jpg

I have had recurrent nightmares about geladas, which have been helped a bit by studying them and watching documentaries about them, but not by very much... BTW if these pics don't scare you enough, get this- they're social, VERY social. Where you get one of these, there may be a thousand more. Yikes.

Flartus said...

This fellow is rather striking, and would be downright attractive...if it weren't for those 6" canines. Yeesh!

jynxkat said...

i agree- this is an impressive animal- a shame they're under threat

Raging Wombat said...

That's an amazing shot, Zanna. I posted on it last year:

http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2007/04/very-little-resemblance.html

but, didn't know what it was. Now I do. Thanks.

Wendy said...

Am I the only one wondering how they can have "large, fatty butts" if they eat grass all day? I KNEW eating salads wouldn't make me thinner!

niner said...

omg Wendy made me laugh really hard. =P

This guy is beautiful! Wish they'd let them be.

danielle said...

His face looks so velvety soft!

Flartus said...

Go ahead, Danielle, reach out and touch it...I'll watch from over here. :)

earthfeature.com said...

thats the best primate pic i have ever seen...should be worth an award of some sort ;)

englishmanjacob said...

Thats the Alpha Male, well not really, they live in a matriarchal "society"