We don’t know exact details of the past life of Abu, but we do know that he was abandoned at a dog shelter and afterwards cared for at a veterinary clinic in the local town of Sils before we were contacted to rescue him.
After assessment of his behaviour and his appearance, he was surely acquired as a pet.
Abu was the fourth and last macaque to join our group. He is the macaque who was older when we rescued him, which means that he had endured more years than the other three in deprivation of contact with his own kind. From the first moment we met him, we realized that he was completely lacking in social skills and did not understand the dynamics of the group nor the behaviours of dominance-submission and more importantly, conflict resolution. Often he gave the wrong signals and provoked the others to chase him, which usually resulted in a fight.
He has been attacked more often than any of the others, especially by Pipa, who took advantage of his inability to climb in the social hierarchy.
Luckily his toughest days are over. He has learned the basic rules of behaviour of his kind and strives to be accepted and avoid confrontation with Pipa.
Increasingly we find him in grooming sessions with Pipa and the others, which makes us very happy, considering the difficult start he’s had.
GROUP AND SITUATION
- He loves all fruits and vegetables, nuts and fresh grass.
- He especially likes to soak up the first rays of the morning sun.
- After one month of Abu’s arrival, every herb in the enclosure was destroyed. It’s taking us years to grow it back!
- When Abu yawns you can see his very impressive fangs, but despite having these natural weapons, he dares not confront Pipa.
His is the only group of macaques living permanently in MONA. The group is formed by two females and two males and is led by Pipa.