Video by @joelsartore | This is Gigi, a two-week old snow monkey that is currently being hand-raised by her keepers at @blankparkzoo since her mother did not have the skills necessary to feed and raise her. When she’s old enough she will be reintegrated into her troop. In the wild, these primates live in extremely cold conditions in Japan and can often be found warming up in the hot springs there. Snow monkeys are highly intelligent creatures. During a study in the 1950s, researchers observed a female snow monkey washing sand off of her sweet potato in river water as opposed to simply brushing the sand off like the other monkeys. She even discovered that dipping her potato in salt water added a bit of seasoning. When her siblings saw her washing and seasoning her food, they began to copy her actions. Soon, even her mother was washing her food in the river. Over the next few years, scientists discovered that this cleaning ritual had spread rapidly across the entire island, and within a decade every single monkey was washing their potatoes. Today, although none of the original monkeys are living, the monkeys on this island all still enjoy clean, seasoned potatoes. To see a portrait of Gigi, follow @JoelSartore.
11/01/18 – Por que tem se falado tanto a respeito da febre amarela? Atualmente, o vírus da febre amarela circula apenas nas áreas de matas. Não há registro de casos urbanos desde 1942. Por uma ação preventiva, o Ministério da Saúde acompanha todas as mortes registradas de macacos, que são os hospedeiros dos vírus. No final de dezembro foram registradas mortes de macacos no Distrito Federal e em Goiás. As autoridades, antes dos resultados de exames laboratoriais, chamaram a população para se vacinar, com o objetivo de proteger a população antecipadamente.