Stunned tourists filmed a Margarita Island capuchin that looks remarkably like a di.str.es.sed man from a Tianjin Zoological Gardens, a Chinese zoo, went viral and it’s not hard to see why it’s invoking strong reactions from people across the internet. The cute clip soon went viral on social media and has been viewed more than 1.5million times since it was uploaded at the beginning of the week. The video was shared several times on Sina Weibo – Chinese micro-blogging website and even the hashtag “monkey with a man’s face” was trending. While filming the video, visitors were heard laughing hard seeing the monkey’s ho.r.rif.ied expression.
In the video, a black small monkey is seen sitting close to the glass wall of the enclosure and looking for something on the ground. But when it looks up, we get to see its face clearly and it looks very similar to that of a human being. The expression on its face seems very close to that of a di.str.es.sed man.
He may look like a person, but the tree-dweller reportedly lacks interpersonal skills, and exhibits an “ag.g.res.sive” personality.
“He is very active and ag.g.res.sive,” a zoo spokesperson told Daily Mail. “[He] likes playing with mud and smashing coconuts.”
The primate has been single for all of his 19 years, so now the zoo is stepping in to help the animal find a mate. The g.ru mpy monkey previously lived with two female companion capuchins, but they apparently would have rather d i.ed than m.ate with him — they p as.sed away before romance ever blossomed.
In 2016, the zoo brought in three younger Margarita Island capuchins and the zoo is hopeful that the human-like monkey’s mate is among the trio. Unfortunately, none of the newer monkeys are s.ex.u.ally mature yet, so the zoo will have to wait to test their matchmaking skills. Until then, the bachelor monkey will likely busy himself with throwing mud and smashing coconuts — ag.g.res.sive behavior that might’ve scared off previous potential mates.
“When the younger capuchin monkeys grow up, we hope there will be chemistry between our human-faced monkey and one of them and he can finally find … a ‘wife.’ ”
“It is in the ‘primates building’ of the zoo and staying with another monkey.
Native to the forests of the Central and South America, capuchin have been kept as household pets, though not always legally. The cute creatures have also frequently appeared in movies and television. The intelligent species appears to have a promising future ahead, according to scientists in South America who discovered in 2018 that a group of capuchin had entered their own Stone Age — becoming the fourth non-human primate species to have been observed using rocks as tools.