We are currently sat in a very dark room deep in discussion about the best of the name suggestions which were suggested by you blog readers. So while the discussion continues, an outcome soon i promise, here are a couple of exciting videos to peruse.
They are both of the same aggression within the Green group and occurred two days after the birth of Anna’s baby. The reason i mention that is because during the aggression Oz has the baby clinging tightly to his chest.
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This is not coincidence as the fight broke out because Nick had tried to approach Oz to interact with the baby and Oz had taken none too kindly to his advances. Anna is involved heavily in the aggression along with several males and a couple juveniles.
The first video is at normal speed and you can hear the full noise and intensity of the exchange. Also you have to listen to my small pieces of commentary so i can try to keep up with all that’s going on. The link below is for a slowed down version of the same aggression but with no audio. I think it brings a great new dimension to the interaction. Can you spot the baby?
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I promise most of the time the Barbary macaques are a peaceful group but occasionally an arguement needs to be settled and they do it spectacularly. Then they settle back down to feeding, grooming and group life.