After This Young Monkey Got Hit by a Car, Monkey Strangers Comforted Him

Live Science | 7/11/2019 | Staff
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In a new paper published in the July issue of the journal Primates, scientists document for the first time Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) fostering an older juvenile macaque — a stranger to them — after finding him lost and hurt on the side of the road days after he had been struck by a car inside a park in Morocco. The monkeys groomed and cared for the injured juvenile, named Pipo and almost 3 years old, and socialized with him until he was healed and ready to return to his own group.

The observation was surprising, study author Liz Campbell, a zoologist at the University of Oxford, wrote in the journal article, because "intergroup encounters at this [national park in Morocco] range from immediate withdrawal by one group to lengthy, sometimes aggressive, contests."

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That was good news for Pipo. After a car struck him on March 20, 2018, Campbell wrote, he retreated to a nearby tree while other members of his home group looked on.

"Several group members displayed affiliation towards him, and a juvenile sat with him and groomed him as he appeared to be losing consciousness," she wrote. "At approximately 17:35 (1 hour before sunset), his group left for their sleeping trees, but Pipo was left behind in the tree."

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The next day, Pipo was nowhere to be found, Campbell wrote, and she and her colleagues assumed he had died. But on March 22, she wrote, "he was found in the same tree, alone and screaming repeatedly. He later left the tree to feed on the ground but continued screaming intermittently, then returned to the trees."

Left: Pipo screams from the tree days after being abandoned. Right: Pipo sits on the ground.

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