Sometimes it surprises us to know that some of these animals have been around for quite a while. Sort of puts us in our place, to know that we aren't as up to date about our world as we thought we were, doesn't it?
The lesula is a remarkable new species of African monkey discovered in 2007. It was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is the second new species of African monkey discovered in nearly three decades. The monkey was first seen (by non-locals) in 2007 by John and Terese hart of Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, in the home of a primary school teacher in the town of Opala. The most visible characteristic which makes the lesula so unusual is its startlingly human face. A slightly less obvious characteristic are the bald patches on the monkey’s hindquarters and genital region, both of which are coloured a vibrant blue.
Ya know, as much as I hate to admit it, this little guy looks a lot like me before I've had my morning coffee. Maybe certain parts of me aren't as colorful, but that's another story!
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Peppered bacon and toasted home made bread on the side, OK?