Friday, January 19, 2007

Life Imitating Art Imitating Monkeys

Recently eaten: pot roast, rice pilaf
Recent annoyance: that one contact lens that just can't lay right

My favorite SNL commercial of all time, Bathroom Monkey, has come to life! Maybe we could let a few more of these chimps go and just see what happens. I am perfectly happy to provide a small snack for an ape that will clean my bathroom. Plus, an ape has superior arm strength for really scrubbing the mildew out of tile grout. Look, it's just a thought. That is so money!

Escaped chimp gets snack, clean bathroom
"An escaped chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo raided a kitchen cupboard and did a little cleaning with a toilet brush before sedatives knocked her out on top of a refrigerator.

The 120-pound primate, Judy, escaped yesterday into a service area when a zookeeper opened a door to her sleeping quarters, unaware the animal was still inside.

As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took a swig from bottles she managed to open.

Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Rademacher says the 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before the zoo acquired her in 1988, so she may have been familiar with housekeeping chores. Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.

It took a couple of tries, but the zoo sedated the chimp, who fell asleep on top of the refrigerator with half a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread she had pulled out of the freezer.

The zoo veterinarian gave Judy a drug to bring her around. Rademacher says Judy was groggy but fine after the episode."

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