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Tom Cruise DEMANDED Mickey The Baboon's Appearance In Rock Of Ages

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And what Tom Cruise wants….Tom Cruise gets!

The real star of Rock of Ages, Mickey the Baboon, was the brainchild of Cruise and his interpretation of Stacee Jaxx, an out-of-control 80's rocker.

In the opening scene, Stacee demands his manager (Paul Giamatti) get him a pet monkey and - enter the baboon.

But instead of using CGI, Tom and director Adam Shankman needed the real deal, and that has made a few conservationists and animal advocates upset.

Primal Patrol is even asking for a boycott of the flick, stating:

Please avoid contributing to the box office receipts for ‘Rock of Ages’ – don’t go see it! Monkeys used for entertainment are taken from their mothers when they are young, and when they become to old or too big to handle are often discarded at shoddy roadside zoos or pseudo ‘sanctuaries.’

They are highly social beings and life in the entertainment industry completely disregards the need that they have for adequate exercise, natural nourishing diets, and valuable interaction with other primates. Primates are afflicted by loneliness, boredom, and depression from the loss of freedom they experience in the entertainment industry.

We'll see if Tom and co. made the right choice for 10 minutes of video.

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Baboons Kidnap Puppies To Raise Them As Pets

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CRAZZZZY!

Well, this just proves owning a dog is in our nature!! Even monkeys see a wittle puppy and think "Ya, know what? I should raise that."

FYI the kidnaping part of this video is terrifying. However, after the dogs become assimilated the animals treat each other like family!

We think this proves that dogs and humans are natural companions AND everyone should go adopt a puppy right now!! LOL.

But really, go get a dog.

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The Last Baboons of Good Hope - The Feature Length Documentary

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Wowzers!

This is incredible! Check out this compelling feature length documentary on endangered baboons in South Africa.

The film is about the Cape of Good Hope - the most south-westerly point of the African continent - home to a multitude of plants and animals including the Chacma baboon.

This 52 minute documentary, shot over a period of 7 years, tells the story of the last remaining baboons that are locked into a fierce battle for territory with humans.

Since the turn of the century these baboons have effectively been cut off from the rest of their brothers and sisters in Africa by a veritable wall of development.

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Science: Alpha Male Baboons Are Depressed And Stressed

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Being on top is srsly stressful!

A recent report on five troops of wild baboons in Kenya studied over nine years found that alpha males showed very high stress levels, as high as those of the lowest-ranking males.

The stress, they suggested, was probably because of the demands of fighting off challengers and guarding access to fertile females. Mo'money mo'problems, right?

Beta males, who fought less and had considerably less mate guarding to do, had much lower stress levels. They had fewer mating opportunities than the alphas, but they did get some mating in, more than any lower-ranking males.

After all, when the alpha gets in another baboon bar fight, who’s going to take the girl home?

What we learned here: being lazy makes you happy!

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Monkey Mom Mix Up

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An unlikely (but soopa adorbz) family!

A six-month-old baboon and a three-month-old bushbaby have become totally inseparable in the animal shelter in Nairobi were they live.

The baboon has taken to caring for the bushbaby (which are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa) much like a mother - and it's baffling experts.

This kind of relationship between the animals is totally unheard of.

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Drunk And Destructive Baboons, A Problem In South Africa

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Who would have thought that the biggest problem Cape Town, South Africa is now facing would be that of drunken baboons.

There is a large population of baboons who have developed a taste for the sauvignon blanc grapes grown at the vinyard in Groot Constantia.

Every day dozens of baboons travel down from the mountains to sample these grapes. After eating them they return back to their home to sleep it off, like most of us after a good amount of wine. However, there are those few who are left behind, passed out, after finding the grapes that have fermented in the sun.

The residents of Cape Town have been finding out that these baboons are not always peaceful drunks, they have been causing trouble in the towns, “They are becoming increasingly bold and destructive," said Jean Naude, general manager at the vineyard.

We have heard that blasts from those terribly annoying vuvzelas have not even been able to scare them off!

Just a few weeks ago, a 12 year old boy was left traumatized after a gang of baboons broke into his house and pelted him with fruit….my what angry drunks they are!
While this problem is being dealt with, there are many for sale signs popping up throughout the suburbs with large baboon populations.

We don’t blame them! Get those baboons into rehab!

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Sacred Baboon Rescued From Circus

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And it was all made possible by Bob Barker!

The former Price Is Right host and animal activist funded a mission organized by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to help rescue an 18 year-old Hamadryras baboon named Tilin from a Bolivian circus. The mission began after the Bolivian government initiated the "world’s first ban of animals in circuses."

Even though Tilin would be considered sacred in his homeland of Egypt, he spent 18 years lived in solitary confinement and chained up in a cage when he wasn't performing in the circus. However, "Despite his suffering, Tilin has a gentle, kind personality, is highly intelligent and sensitive," said the President of ADI, Jan Creamer.

Accompanied by a veterinarian who tended to his needs in a climate controlled enclosure, it took 5 days for the ADI team to bring Tilin to the Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary in Berkshire, UK.

Now, Tilin can live peacefully. So inspiring!

As for Bolivia's animal ban in circuses, this initiation is a first for South America as well as the rest of the globe. Let's hope many other countries follow in their footsteps.

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