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201023Dec19:16

Wild felid tricks primates

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pub­lished 23 Decem­ber 2010 | mod­i­fied 29 Decem­ber 2011
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Mim­ic­k­ing mon­key calls has found to be a cun­ning hunt­ing strat­egy of the Mar­gay, a small wild felid.

In the Ama­zon­ian for­est in Brazil researchers recorded this behav­iour them­selves. Until recently this behav­iour was noth­ing more than anec­do­tal reports of Ama­zon­ian wild cats draw­ing pri­mates into close range to attack by imi­tat­ing their call. Fabi­ano de Oliveira Calleia and col­leagues saw a Mar­gay (Leop­ar­dus wiedii) using this trick on its prey, pied tamarins. The Mar­gay was unsuc­cess­ful this time, but their obser­va­tion (recorded in Neotrop­i­cal Pri­mates of June 2009) con­firms the reli­a­bil­ity of the infor­ma­tion on sim­i­lar behav­iour in other wild felids, like Puma, Jaguar and Ocelot, pro­vided by Ama­zon­ian inhabitants.

(Source: Sci­enceDaily, 9 July 2010)

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