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Old 2006-08-13, 01:39 AM   #1
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monkey riding a unicycle?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...904&q=unicycle

WOW. Ive watched this a couple of times and im quite sure its not fake, just look at the monkeys face, theres no way people can make a face look that real. That is a real eye opene If it is an a midget in a monkey costume i will be quite surprised.

It was only uploaded on June 23 this year and im pretty sure no one has posted it yet.

This thread comes close.
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Old 2006-08-13, 01:41 AM   #2
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hey cool a monkey riding a unicycle !!

it looks real
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Old 2006-08-13, 01:44 AM   #3
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thats gotta be real. no way thats a midget in a monkey costume.

supper impressive! i wonder what motivated the monkey to learn to ride, let alone ride backwards?
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Old 2006-08-13, 01:48 AM   #4
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reminds me of that joke...

"how do you teach a bear to ride a bicycle/unicycle?"
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Old 2006-08-13, 01:48 AM   #5
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nail its feet to the pedals and beat it with a stick
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Old 2006-08-13, 06:46 AM   #6
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Re: monkey riding a unicycle?

I have a video somewhere of a chimpanzee riding forward. It was
mentioned a couple of years ago on this forum, I don't remember the
link. Riding backwards is new to me.

I'm worried whether the chimpanzee had fun during practicing though.

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Old 2006-08-13, 06:49 AM   #7
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that has got to be one of the coolest monkeys on earth! it can ride backwards, how cool!
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Old 2006-08-13, 07:14 AM   #8
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next it can learn to wheel walk

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I'm worried whether the chimpanzee had fun during practicing though.
I think for the moneky to be able to ride, it would have to have some enjoyment for what it was doing otherwise it would get too frustrated and give up.
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Old 2006-08-13, 07:20 AM   #9
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it would be so cool if that monkey became one of the best riders in the world!

it would also be extremely wierd and screw with a lot of sciencetists minds!
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It's not a monkey by the way it's an ape.

It's real look at the feet.

But why would it blow scientists' minds? Scientists have always beleived apes to be intelligent.

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Old 2006-08-13, 06:32 PM   #11
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I have a video somewhere of a chimpanzee riding forward. It was
mentioned a couple of years ago on this forum, I don't remember the
link. Riding backwards is new to me.

I'm worried whether the chimpanzee had fun during practicing though.
I bet he did; chimpanzees are curious creatures, and enjoy solving problems and puzzles. They probably get some of the same "wow, I'm riding!" feeling that humans do when we first manage to ride.
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Old 2006-08-13, 07:15 PM   #12
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I bet he did; chimpanzees are curious creatures, and enjoy solving problems and puzzles. They probably get some of the same "wow, I'm riding!" feeling that humans do when we first manage to ride.
It just depends on how much beating was involved in the learning process. At the man standing there who is probably the trainer doesn't have a whip or anything. There is a clip somewhere esle of monkey (yes, monkeys not chimps) riding little bicycles around a ring, but right in the middle is a trainer with a whip. Ewwwww!
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I saw a chimpanzee ride a unicycle (giraffe) at the Detroit Zoo in the 1970s. It's apparently been done in many times/places based on the apparent age of that old film. Also the son of unicycling-great Mel Hall was an orangutan trainer and taught one or more of them to ride, probably in the 70s as well. There's a picture in an old issue of On One Wheel.

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There is a clip somewhere esle of monkey (yes, monkeys not chimps) riding little bicycles around a ring, but right in the middle is a trainer with a whip. Ewwwww!
In most cases, in shows the whip is either there for looks, or for sound. In many circus acts you'll see this. The sound of a cracking whip carries really far, so it kind of lights things up. But the animals don't respond to the cracks, those are for "show." Often in horse acts there is a second device the trainer uses, which basically taps on the animals to direct them, or is used in front of them as a lead.

I can't picture using a whip to "train" anyone into a skill like unicycling, I just don't think it would be effective. Though we did see a dog "trainer" beat on some dogs at a French castle we were touring last week. They had a kennel of hunting dogs, which appeared to be threatening one of the older dogs in there. Their "handler," let's call him, first yelled at them and then they were quiet for a few minutes, but then they started threatening the one dog again. He went in there, singled out one of the leaders and gave him a bunch of whacks on the back with a big wooden handle he was carrying. An Italian guy with a video camera went "Hey-hey-HEY!" Then there was this little conversation where the (French) dog handler apparently tried to tell the guy he couldn't video, and the Italian guy said something probably to the effect of "I'm bigger than you and I don't need a piece of wood." Shocking.
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:28 PM   #14
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Not wishing to dis the monkey's mad skillz, but I'm thinking maybe the film has been reversed and the monkey is just unicycling forwards normally.

*edit* Do young people still say 'dis'?
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Old 2006-08-16, 10:41 AM   #15
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When I can ride as well as that chimpanzee I'll be happy. I wonder if it freemounts straight into backward riding.
It really should be wearing a helmet and wrist guards though
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