A list of curious facts
One: The male owl monkey of Argentina is the perfect mate. He is super-monogamous—putting humans to shame. In fact, Azara's owl monkey is the first primate and only the fifth species that is perfectly faithful. The others include California mouse, certain coyotes, the Malagasy giant jumping rat, and Kirk's dik-dik, a small antelope.
But there’s more. The daddy owl monkey really, really takes care of his babies. According to one expert:
There is nothing like this in other primates or mammals. Every single male studied over 18 years in captivity and in the field has shown devoted care." When you see a baby riding on an adult, ‘you can put your money down — the adult is a male.’
Two: Director Hemanth Rao’s ‘Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side B’—a wildly popular Kannada flick playing on Amazon Prime—has an unexpected easter egg. A pivotal scene of this tragic love story features the sound of the last male Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird hopelessly calling out for a mate:
Rao was shocked when a fan on Twitter noticed:) As for the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, they were Hawaiian songbirds driven to extinction by invasive species and habitat loss. In 1986, scientist Jim Jacobi recorded the song of the last bird. Then this really sad thing happened:
The bird flew close to Jacobi and called for its mate. Jacobi was able to record part of the song before the bird flew away. However, when he rewound the tape and played the song, the bird returned. "All of a sudden, the bird came right back. I thought, 'this is great, it came back!' And then it hit me: The reason it came back is it heard another bird. And it hadn't heard another bird in, you know, how long. And it turns out this was probably the last one there was," Jacobi said.
Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al says it reflects the “determination and strong will” to do the impossible. Others are not so impressed. Tes Magazine has more on the debate within the community.