originally posted by: 2manyholes
a reply to: Rodinus
LOL at Shark Week one of the reasons I fear sharks so much. Thanks for the videos!
Just for information.
For over 25 years I worked as a veterinary welfare officer/researcher in primate conservation and behavioural studies.
Primates do not hate each other but have a pecking order...
A great anecdote of primate affection is the following :
Back in 1994 I was head of a program enabling primates that were used for Malaria (Plasmodium Vivax) research to be released onto an island somewhere
off the coast of South America to live out the rest of their lives.
The animals that were used for said research (Paludism) were Saimiri (squirrel monkeys) who were held in semi captivity over here in France in a
research institute and are well known in groups to be quite savage towards each other depending on the Alpha male in the colony and what is called
spermatogenesis (when one of the males (the Alpha) becomes quite agressive and builds up the energy needed "so to speak in order to mate.))
During my time spent caring for those animals, I hand reared many siblings that were abandoned by their mothers and also stitched up and repaired a
few males that were attacked by the Alpha males... thus leading to a relationship of trust between the animals and myself...
For information : Saimiris normally can survive in semi captivity for up to 15 years or more.
12 years later... I attend an international conference for primate conservation and wellbeing at a primate center in the South of France and decided
to go and visit the Saimiri enclosure...
As I knew the care takers there quite well and as they equally knew my past experience, they let me into the Saimiri enclosure which housed roughly 30
Imagine my surprise when one of the ageing Saimiri with half a leg missing due to amputation following a nasty bite injury infection jumped down from
his tree branch and hopped onto my shoulder and started to rub himself all over my face and head...
Yep... he was one of the little fellers that I had hand reared 12 years before and had cared for after a particularly nasty attack by an Alpha
The tears in my eyes were tears of emotion and joy to realise that he recognised me... I spent so much time with him during the rest of the conference
that I missed all of the lectures...
Animals are capable of showing affection...
edit on 4/12/14 by Rodinus because: Crap spelling