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A monkey with a face like a human has been single for 19 years, but zookeepers say it's because he's a bit of a jerk

Ben Mack , Business Insider US
 Nov 22, 2019, 05:07 PM
A tufted capuchin with eerily human-like features at Tianjin Zoo in China has been single his whole life.
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  • A tufted capuchin at Tianjin Zoo in China is looking for love after being single his whole life.
  • The unnamed monkey went viral in 2018 for his eerily human-like facial features.
  • According to the Daily Mail, zoo officials say the monkey's singledom is partly due to "a lack of fate."
  • However, they added that the monkey is known for his "aggressive" personality: "[He] likes playing with mud and smashing coconuts."
  • Probably not great first date material.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

Love can be one of life's greatest joys - but it can also be one of the greatest causes of heartbreak and distress, as a famous monkey in China seems to know too well.

The Daily Mail reports that a tufted capuchin at the Tianjin Zoo in China has been single for every one of his 19 years - and zoo officials are now hoping they can help him be a bit luckier in love.

A tufted capuchin that went viral in China for its human-like facial features.
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The unnamed primate, who came to the zoo in 2002, went viral last year with an eerily human-like face that launched plenty of memes.

Human-like facial features are one reason why a tufted capuchin at Tianjin Zoo in China went viral.
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While zoo officials told the Daily Mail his lack of success in the love department could be due to "a lack of fate," there could be another reason: apparently, he is not the easiest to get along with.

The Daily Mail reports that the monkey is known for his "aggressive" personality.

The unnamed monkey is said to have an "aggressive" personality.
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Zoo officials said: "He is very active and aggressive. [He] likes playing with mud and smashing coconuts." Probably not great first date material.

The primate is a star on Chinese social media.
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According to NBC News, tufted capuchins are also known to rub their hands and feet in urine in order to try and attract a mate. A little off-putting.

The monkey has three playmates, but they are too young to be romantic partners.
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The monkey now has three playmates, but according to the Daily Mail, they are too young to be anything more than friends.

Tianjin Zoo officials remain hopeful the internet-famous mammal can eventually find love.
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Perhaps it's time the monkey undergoes a bit of a personality transformation in order to find a mate. After all, don't most of us change at least a little for our partners?

Crowds have been flocking to photograph the monkey ever since he went viral for his human-like facial features.
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