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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.

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Predation of an Oryctolagus cuniculus (Episode H4) by Marco.
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animals-02-00363-f005: Predation of an Oryctolagus cuniculus (Episode H4) by Marco.

Mentions: The episode was recorded on 29 October 2010 between 14:45 and 14:55. Marco (Group A, adult male) was involved in the episode but we neither detected the predation strategy, the exact moment of predation, nor exactly how he hunted. We photographically recorded the episode from 14:49 (Figure 5(a)). At that moment, the prey already appeared ripped apart with parts of its body missing, presumably ingested (Figure 5(b)). At 14:55, the prey was abandoned on the enclosure substrate.


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 an Oryctolagus cuniculus (Episode H4) by Marco.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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animals-02-00363-f005: Predation of an Oryctolagus cuniculus (Episode H4) by Marco.
Mentions: The episode was recorded on 29 October 2010 between 14:45 and 14:55. Marco (Group A, adult male) was involved in the episode but we neither detected the predation strategy, the exact moment of predation, nor exactly how he hunted. We photographically recorded the episode from 14:49 (Figure 5(a)). At that moment, the prey already appeared ripped apart with parts of its body missing, presumably ingested (Figure 5(b)). At 14:55, the prey was abandoned on the enclosure substrate.

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.