Why no picture of SARS Monkey Monument! Why!

China erects monument for SARS monkeys

BEIJING (AFP) - Thirty-eight Chinese rhesus monkeys that died in SARS research have had a monument erected in their honor, state media said. The monument, which is in granite and weighs 16 tonnes, has been set up at the lab animals center of Wuhan University in central Hubei province, Xinhua news agency reported.

"For lab animals that have died for the health of humans," the monument reads, while on the back the inscription goes, "In special memory of the 38 rhesus monkeys that devoted their lives to SARS research."

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10 Responses:

  1. It's probably just some big 1:4:9 granite monolith. Monkeys seem to like that kind of thing.

  2. loosechanj says:

    I cannot believe this intolerable oversight.

  3. mcfnord says:

    Every morn, the money arose, washed, and hurried to his first and all-consuming love, devoting his life to SARS research.

  4. Considering that the &#!%ers in the Chinese government risked the safety of the human race by hiding early SARS cases from the WHO, I wonder whether the purpose of a monument to monkeys who died is to distract us from the people who died.

    • susano_otter says:

      I don't think very many people are getting distracted by this obscure bit of "news".

      And distracted from what, exactly? Last time I checked, SARS killed some of the very old and the very young, and not very many of those, either. This puts in on par with the flu, so I'm guessing it's less a case of "distraction" and more a case of "why did we care in the first place?".

      But hey--mad props to the monkeys, who died in the name of science!

  5. Note the significant lack of a "willingly" before that "devoted".