Mawas Reserve, Borneo: Female, Male Orangutans Teamed Up To Murder Another Orangutan; changes understanding of orangutan behavior

a rare instance of a female and a male orangutan teaming up—to kill another female orangutan

Gizmodo – Anthropologists in Borneo observed a rare instance of a female and a male orangutan teaming up—to kill another female orangutan. This is the first observed time a female-female conflict in orangutans has turned lethal, and the way the it went down changes what we thought we knew about orangutan behavior.

Primates, being known jerks, attack each other fairly often but an attack reported in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology changed what we know about one particular type of primate. Anthropologist Anna Marzec, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, describes the incident which took place in the Mawas Reserve in Indonesia. It sounds pretty grisly…

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