be this muscular ape just an aspiring primate?
Photo credits: Santeri Oksanen
A monkey in a Finnish zoo has recently received much attention in social media for his unusual "buff" body as muscular as it appeared.
In the photo, the primate ̵
But in reality, the monkey's muscles are not all that impressive. Beats said they were well fed, Bea said, the zoo's representatives told Live Science. [8 Humanlike Behaviors of Primates]
White-faced sakis are native to Brazil and parts of Venezuela and Indonesia and spend most of their time in rainforest canopies at heights of up to 25 meters above the ground, according to the Museum of the University of Michigan of Zoology.
Bea, the leader of the zoo's white-faced Saki monkey troupe, was born in the Helsinki Zoo and is 9 years old, animal keeper Merja Wahlroos reported in an email to Live Science. Adult female monkeys weigh on average about 1.4 to 1.9 kg with a body length of (32 to 40 centimeters) "and the tail is usually as long as the body," said Wahlroos.
And although Bea has not been measured lately, her size is probably "at the larger end of the scale," Wahlroos estimated. Nevertheless, Bea's apparent mutilation is not the result of severe weight bearing and jerking of protein shakes. it is rather an illusion created by her thick, furry coat, the zoo representatives explained in a tweet .
This is Bea. She's in good shape, but those are not her muscles. She shows up with her fur and wild frown. Bea is the leader of a white-faced Saki troupe at the Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki. #korkeasaari #helsinkizoo @nypost @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/yLYCnUl7kF
– Helsinki Zoo (@Korkeasaari)  The Finnish photographer Santeri Oksanen has the picture taken in February. He visited the zoo to practice wildlife photography, which he later published on Flickr, he told Live Science in an e-mail. When Oksanen stood outside the habitat of the monkey group, Bea struck "this epic pose" and explored her territory. At that moment, Oksanen took the photo, which later became viral.
"Ben's expression could not have been better," Oksanen said.
Little is known about the social habits of saki monkeys in the wild, but captive monkeys usually live in small family groups of four, and the most common group are parents and offspring, electoral rooks explained. However, Saki monkeys can also form groups of several males or females containing up to 12 monkeys. Men usually dominate captive captive groups, but the group hierarchy is flexible, and sometimes women – like Bea – take the lead, Wahlroos said.
As for Bea's fabulous buoyancy, many species of animals fluff their fur (or feathers) larger and more intimidating when threatened. Saki monkeys, however, are generally not aggressive to each other, and unusual fluffiness, such as Bea's display, "is usually only seen for other group members," Wahlroos said.
"The mighty apparition could be enhanced by vigorous shaking of a branch," she added.
Originally published on Live Science .