The new species, which is a type of slow loris, releases poison from glands at its elbows which it then takes into its mouth.
Their bite can prove deadly because it can cause anaphylactic shock in humans, killing them.
Researchers think the new species, Nycticebus kayan, went undiscovered for so long because it is nocturnal. It is the only primate with a toxic bite.
However, the new monkey, which is more closely related to bushbabies and lemurs than monkeys and apes, is already on the endangered list.
Yesterday they didn’t know it existed. Today, there aren’t enough of them.
Akzed on December 14, 2012 at 5:24 PM
And it is doubtless endangered by:
A: Global Warming
B: Greedy corporations only in the USA
C: Pot being illegal
But now that they are known to exist, we need more poison monkeys, why?
MikeA on December 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM
Oh gads, please don’t bring this endangered monkey here to the US, bho(greenies) will take million more acres, to protect that critter, away from the states where ever it lives?
letget on December 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM
Poison Monkey? That is my favorite punk band.
Warner Todd Huston on December 14, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Poisoning through anaphylactic shock isn’t really poisoning, now is it?
Also also, shouldn’t it be Venomous Monkey?
TexasDan on December 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM
Oh, so that was what Peter Gabriel sang: Tox the monkey!
cthulhu on December 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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