Scientists working in the dense jungles of Indonesia have “rediscovered” a large, gray monkey so rare it was believed by many to be extinct.
They were all the more baffled to find the Miller’s Grizzled Langur – its black face framed by a fluffy, Dracula-esque white collar – in an area well outside its previously recorded home range.
The team set up camera traps in the Wehea Forest on the eastern tip of Borneo island in June, hoping to captures images of clouded leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to congregate at several mineral salt licks.
The pictures that came back caught them all by surprise: groups of monkeys none had ever seen.
In the past they were hunted to near extinction for their meat and bezoar “stones,” he said, which can, on occasion, be found in their guts.
Bezoars, as Harry Potter fans know… are believed by some to neutralize poison.
Source: NY Daily News
This story will be of interest to cryptozoologists who will take it as evidence that mystery animals are still out there. And, that animals declared extinct may have been prematurely written off – thylacines, giant lizards, giant ground sloths, etc. But, there is a difference. The monkeys were recorded outside of where they were previously documented to live. There was an incomplete data set from which to go by. So, oops. To extrapolate and say those other large animals are out there is a big stretch. People have looked. They have not found any evidence worth considering.
This is more proof that camera traps are handy investments. Yet, we still have not found the orang pendek in Indonesia. And, we haven’t found Bigfoot in America (loaded with camera traps). Camera traps catch elusive, rare creatures frequently. It’s exciting when they do. But, as noted in the article, these particular and striking monkeys remain at risk for their meat and use as traditional cures.
Photo credit: Eric Fell/Ethical Expeditions/AP