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Hunting Activity Among Naturalistically Housed Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at the Fundació Mona (Girona, Spain). Predation, Occasional Consumption and Strategies in Rehabilitated Animals.

Llorente M, Riba D, Mosquera M, Ventura M, Feliu O - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Bottom Line: The evidence of group predation involved the chimpanzees adopting different roles as pursuers and ambushers.Prey was partially eaten in some cases, but not in the social episode.This study confirms that naturalistic environments allow chimpanzees to enhance species-typical behavioral patterns.

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Affiliation: Unitat de Recerca i Laboratori d'Etologia, Fundació Mona, Carretera de Cassà km4, Riudellots de la Selva, 17457 Girona, Spain. mllorente@fundacionmona.org.

ABSTRACT
Predatory behavior in wild chimpanzees and other primates has been well documented over the last 30 years. However, as it is an opportunistic behavior, conditions which may promote such behavior are left up to chance. Until now, predatory behavior among captive chimpanzees has been poorly documented. In this paper, we present five instances providing evidence of predatory behavior: four performed by isolated individuals and one carried out in cooperation. The evidence of group predation involved the chimpanzees adopting different roles as pursuers and ambushers. Prey was partially eaten in some cases, but not in the social episode. This study confirms that naturalistic environments allow chimpanzees to enhance species-typical behavioral patterns.

No MeSH data available.


Predation of a Turdus merula (episode H2) by Nico.
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animals-02-00363-f003: Predation of a Turdus merula (episode H2) by Nico.

Mentions: This episode was recorded on 24 May 2008 between 15:46 and 15:59. Only one chimpanzee (Nico, male adolescent) took part in the episode. No other group individual was present during the predation episode and the prey manipulation. The capture of the prey was done opportunistically while the prey was on the ground. The prey was a young individual from the Turdus merula species. Nico hunted the prey with his hands and killed it with a blow. For five minutes Nico manipulated the prey in a playful manner. Later, using his mouth, he tore open the prey’s abdomen and ingested part of the guts, ignoring the wings, head and lower extremities (Figure 3). After the episode the prey was left in the same place.


Hunting Activity Among Naturalistically Housed Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at the Fundació Mona (Girona, Spain). Predation, Occasional Consumption and Strategies in Rehabilitated Animals.

Llorente M, Riba D, Mosquera M, Ventura M, Feliu O - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Predation of a Turdus merula (episode H2) by Nico.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-02-00363-f003: Predation of a Turdus merula (episode H2) by Nico.
Mentions: This episode was recorded on 24 May 2008 between 15:46 and 15:59. Only one chimpanzee (Nico, male adolescent) took part in the episode. No other group individual was present during the predation episode and the prey manipulation. The capture of the prey was done opportunistically while the prey was on the ground. The prey was a young individual from the Turdus merula species. Nico hunted the prey with his hands and killed it with a blow. For five minutes Nico manipulated the prey in a playful manner. Later, using his mouth, he tore open the prey’s abdomen and ingested part of the guts, ignoring the wings, head and lower extremities (Figure 3). After the episode the prey was left in the same place.

Bottom Line: The evidence of group predation involved the chimpanzees adopting different roles as pursuers and ambushers.Prey was partially eaten in some cases, but not in the social episode.This study confirms that naturalistic environments allow chimpanzees to enhance species-typical behavioral patterns.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Unitat de Recerca i Laboratori d'Etologia, Fundació Mona, Carretera de Cassà km4, Riudellots de la Selva, 17457 Girona, Spain. mllorente@fundacionmona.org.

ABSTRACT
Predatory behavior in wild chimpanzees and other primates has been well documented over the last 30 years. However, as it is an opportunistic behavior, conditions which may promote such behavior are left up to chance. Until now, predatory behavior among captive chimpanzees has been poorly documented. In this paper, we present five instances providing evidence of predatory behavior: four performed by isolated individuals and one carried out in cooperation. The evidence of group predation involved the chimpanzees adopting different roles as pursuers and ambushers. Prey was partially eaten in some cases, but not in the social episode. This study confirms that naturalistic environments allow chimpanzees to enhance species-typical behavioral patterns.

No MeSH data available.