A new species of monkey with a distinctive blue rear-end has been identified in Africa.
The species, known locally as the lesula, was discovered after a young female was seen kept captive at the home of a primary school director in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007.
Interestingly, the species is described as resembling an owl-faced monkey (Cercopithecus hamlyni), or Hamlyn’s monkey, differing only by virtue of its blue bottom. At the same time, the American barn owl (Tyto alba), is known as the monkey-faced owl.
We tried unsuccessfully to determine which came first, the monkey or the owl, but gave up when it became clear there was simply too much monkey business involved.
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