Earlier this week when Sofia and I were searching for the Green group in the morning – by the very edge of the home range – we stumbled across someone we hadn´t seen in months. Larsson! This young male migrated from his presumably natal group (the Green group) in the middle of the mating season the 30th of October.
We were happy to see our long lost friend and Larsson himself seemed very relaxed with our presence. We could see a few scared members of another group nearby, probably confused over their buddys’ unusual acquaintances. One female alarm called at the sight of me, and Larssons’ response was instant. He vigilantly looked around, peering into the forest, trying to spot any threat. What he didn´t realize was the fact that it was I who was the subject of anxiety of his new and unhabituated group.
This spontaneous former group member encounter provided us with a great opportunity to try to get a DNA faecal sample from him, in order to check paternity of coming and already existing infants in the Green group.
I stayed with him for the majority of the day, while Sofia found and worked in the Green group. And yes, a Larsson sample was brought home!
Until next time