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Dozens of monkeys are thrown out of a French zoo for ripping stones from the wall-monument that confines them.

“It is about an aesthetic problem, not about the wall’s strength. It can be demolished by cannons, but not by monkeys”, said Gérad Galliot to EFE. Besançon’s zoo, in west France, is searching for a place to last baboon monkeys. It has housed them for four decades until the monkeys decided to enjoy themselves ripping stones from the wall-monument that confines them. This wall was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Gérald Galliot is the museum’s curator of that citadel founded in 1707 by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, military architect and engineer of Luis XIV. He was ordered to build a bastion where the west of the country could be protected.

Monkeys arrived to zoo’s museum in the sixties of last century. Lately, removing little stones and rummaging through wall’s rock have become their entertainment. This military structure is formed by three museums that 250,000 people visit every year.

French zoo has already found a new house to 29 specimens, which made up the original pack, in the Algeria’s zoo and the African Safari Park nearby Toulouse.

However, there are still 13 apes left to resettle. Galliot predicts a long process because “not everyone has the suitable conditions to home them”.

 

What are they going to do with Baboons?

Restoration started last 2007 by the centre and it has a global budget of 12 millions euros. Monkeys’ carers had to move them into a more exhibited place. The house changing provoked behaviour’s problems that “have grown” during last months.

“If we will move them, they will dig the grass or will look for insects on the ground. They are curious by nature”, affirmed Galliot. Apparently, he has no hope that their apes will correct their behaviour.

The decision of throwing out Guinea’s baboons and Besançon’s Papios, a city with 115,000 neighbours located 90 kilometres far from west Dijon, was taken last year when their behaviour got worse.

“They are small, so they just can move pebbles, not big rocks”, but their attitude is a problem for the principal tourist centre of Franch-Comté region. It is denominated World Heritage Site since 2008 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Those apes have an aggressive nature and have caused problems in other zoos. They measure not more than 75 centimetres tall and are characterised by a sharp head, thick fur and rosy buttocks.

Studies about Baboons

Several specimens of Guinea's baboons and Besançon's Papios on Besançon's zoo, west France

 

Nevertheless, there are studies that talks about their social behaviour. “Baboons metaphysics” written by Robert M. Syfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney, publish in 2007 by Chicago University (United Stated), points out that apes are extremely sophisticated and they can show pride, prejudice, sense and sensibility.

A research from Aix-Marseille University, supervised by Jonathan Grainger and published on Science review in 2012, established that those kind of apes were able to distinguished between words written in English from letters grouped illogically. However, not all of them are so learned.

“I think monkeys are not worried about our UNESCO’s classification”, joked museum’s curator. He claimed that the centre is no hurry to get rid of their rude guests and it can take years until they would find them a new home.

Museum hopes that they could use ape’s place when they would leave it. Endangered species with more respect for the environment would be kept on that fortress.

 

July 9, Javier Albisu, EFE/Practica Espanol

Grammar Notes : How to quote other’s words in Spanish, review of past tense in Spanish and gerund

Ejercicio 1

Comprensión de la noticia

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Question 1
La noticia habla de...
A
Las fortalezas francesas del barroco
B
Los zoológicos franceses
C
El deterioro de los muros de una fortaleza por unos monos
Question 2
¿Quién es Sébastien Le Pestre de Vauban?
A
Un famoso lingüista
B
Un militar de la época de Luis XV
C
Un reconocido arquitecto e ingeniero militar del siglo XVIII
Question 3
La restauración de los muros de la fortaleza tiene un coste de…
A
1707 millones de euros
B
12 millones de euros
C
115.000 euros
Question 4
¿Qué clase de primates habitan en el zoológico de Besançon y son la causa de estos daños?
A
Babuinos
B
Chimpancés
C
Gorilas
Question 5
¿Desde cuándo habitan estos monos en esta antigua fortaleza?
A
Desde los años ’60 del siglo XX
B
Desde los años ’60 del siglo XIX
C
Desde los años ’70 del siglo XX
Question 6
¿Qué tienen previsto hacer los responsables del zoológico para solucionar este problema?
A
Vender los babuinos a otros zoológicos
B
Reubicar a los babuinos a un nuevo entorno apto para su especie
C
Liberar a los babuinos a una reserva natural
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Ejercicio 2

Vocabulario

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Question 1
¿Qué significa “extirpar”?
A
Operar
B
Sacar
C
Arrancar algo de cuajo
Question 2
“Hurgar” significa…
A
Colocar
B
Escarbar
C
Mirar
Question 3
¿Qué significado tiene “augurar”?
A
Considerar
B
Inaugurar
C
Vaticinar
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