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Long-tailed macaque

Macaca fascicularis

  • Considered sacred animals at some Buddhist and Hindu temples. Some believe that the monkeys are the descedents of Hanuman, the monkey-hero of the mythical Hindu figure Rama.
  • Unlike chimps that use brute force to crack nuts, macaque hands are very dexterous and flexible. Just like humans, almost 70% are right handed.
  • Some long-tailed macaques in Thailand use human hair as dental floss!
  • One of the best primate swimmers. They can drop into water to avoid predators, such as clouded leopards and pythons, and prefer to sleep in trees overhanging water.
  • Innovative primates - long-tailed macaques have been observed fishing with their hands in parts of Indonesia.

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