Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—
A new species of howler monkey has been discovered in the Amazon river basin, and has been named after President Donald Trump.
The discovered monkey, scientifically named Alouatta donaldea trumpis, is a blonde-haired monkey that spends most of its time in the Amazon canopy foraging for leaves, flowers, fruits, and nuts. The monkey has a complex social structure, with trumpis monkeys living in groups of six to fifteen.
The most startling similarity to President Trump, however, is the trumpis monkey’s reproductive behavior. Following copulation, the male trumpis monkey will pee on its female mate.
Biologists are unsure of the evolutionary reason for this post-coital behavior, but a few theories have been proposed. One theory suggests that it helps bond mother and father in case of pregnancy, because the trumpis monkeys are rarely monogamous. Some biologists suggest that the father trumpis monkey may be more willing to help raise the babies if he is more confident that the babies are his. Another theory suggests that the male trumpis monkey’s act of marking the female allows the female a time-out of sorts to rest after copulation without being bothered by other males.
Another odd, Trump-like behavior is that Trumpis males spend much of their free time when not foraging for food grooming their daughters, but don’t seem to be very interested in showing the same interest in their sons. Biologists have no guesses yet for the evolutionary benefit for this behavior.
Age in general seems to play an important role in the dynamic trumpis social relationships. Trumpis males have been observed casting out older female monkeys, effectively exiling them from their social groups in order to preserve resources for younger females. Older male trumpis monkeys, meanwhile, have been seen mixing leaves and twigs with the fur on top of their heads in order to hide thinned out patches.
The White House was asked for a comment on the eponymous taxon, and a spokeswoman said that the President had never peed on a monkey, and that any Russian tapes allegedly revealing such behavior are both fake and classified. We here at The Halfway Post believe that the White House communications department misunderstood our comment request.
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(Photo courtesy of Greg Goebel.)