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Cooperative rescue of a juvenile capuchin (Cebus imitator) from a Boa constrictor

Show simple item record Jack, Katharine M. Brown, Michaela R. Buehler, Margaret S. Cheves-Hernández, Saúl Ferrero-Marín, Nuria Kulick, Nelle K. Lieber, Sophie E. 2022-08-30T18:32:44Z 2022-08-30T18:32:44Z 2020-10-08
dc.identifier.citation Jack, K.M., Brown, M.R., Buehler, M.S. et al. Cooperative rescue of a juvenile capuchin (Cebus imitator) from a Boa constrictor. Sci Rep 10, 16814 (2020). es_CR
dc.description.abstract The threat of predation by snakes is considered to have played a significant role in the evolution of primate sensory systems and behavior. However, we know relatively little about individual and group responses given the rarity of observed predation events. Here we report an observed (filmed) predation attempt by an adult Boa constrictor (~ 2 m) on a juvenile white-faced capuchin (Cebus imitator) in the Sector Santa Rosa of the Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The snake caught the juvenile monkey on the ground during a terrestrial play session. When the victim screamed, the alpha male, alpha female, and another adult female ran to the scene, physically attacked the snake (with bites and hits), and pulled the victim to safety. Most group members participated in the vocal mobbing of the snake both during and after the attack. Based on the outcomes of this predation attempt and published reports of other B. constrictor attacks on primates, the coordinated efforts of ≥ 2 group members is needed for a successful rescue. This observation adds to our growing knowledge of cooperative group behavior and its importance in predator defense. es_CR
dc.language.iso en es_CR
dc.publisher Scientific Reports es_CR
dc.subject Cooperative rescue es_CR
dc.subject Cebus imitator es_CR
dc.subject Boa constrictor es_CR
dc.subject predation by snakes es_CR
dc.subject white-faced capuchin es_CR
dc.title Cooperative rescue of a juvenile capuchin (Cebus imitator) from a Boa constrictor es_CR
dc.type Article es_CR

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