Rescue behavior in white-faced capuchin monkeys during an intergroup attack: Support for the infanticide avoidance hypothesis

E. R. Vogel, A. Fuentes-Jiménez

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Abstract

In this work we report the first published observational evidence of rescue behavior during an intergroup interaction in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus). The study groups (groups AA and RR) inhabit the forest of Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and have been under investigation since 1990 and 1997, respectively. Here we report a single interaction in which a victim mother-infant pair was rescued from potential injury or death by the intervention of an adult male from their social group during an intergroup encounter. We discuss several hypotheses that may be relevant in explaining this unique observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1012-1016
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Primatology
Volume68
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

Keywords

  • Altruism
  • Cebus capucinus
  • Cooperation
  • Infanticide
  • Intergroup aggression

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