He was found abandoned, chained up to railings at the entrance a block of flats in Logroño. It is unknown where he came from,but it’s easy to assume he came from illegal wildlife trafficking.
Titin came to MONA at about six months of age and was the third macaque arrive. Early on he was exhibiting behaviours of autoaggression in stressful situations .
His adaptation to the group was not easy, because despite his young age the two females were very harsh on him, but once integrated and accepted he became the darling of the group and he was often seen squeezed between the two females on cold winter days.
Now as a teenager Titin is again going through difficult times. without a definite position in the group he is often seen threatening and attacking his own foot or arm. This behaviour is typical of self-harm in macaques who lack balance due emotional deprivation caused by early separation from the mother and the social group.
Titin wants to keep Katy as second in command, often trying to provoke fights between the two females.
As for his physical appearance,he has changed a lot. He has already become a sub-adult with stunning canines.
- Titin loves carrots, lentils and fresh grass.
- Everyday he throw sticks at visitors, caregivers or the chimpanzees in the opposite enclosure. His technique is similar to that of the Olympic hammer throwers: holds the stick at one end, makes very fast turns until he has momentum then throws it against the fence.
- When Titín greets the caregivers he adopts the same mode as with macaques, chattering teeth.
- When Titín was younger, we caught chimpanzee Juanito throwing him carrots to eat from the opposite enclosure.
- When the chimpanzees fight, Titin joins in by throwing sticks towards them or running up and down along the enclosure fence making big displays.
GROUP AND SITUATION
He belongs to the only group of macaques living permanently in MONA. The group is formed by two females and two males and is led by Pipa.
They are of the species Macaca sylvanus, the only genus of macaque that lives in Africa and the only primate, apart from Homo sapiens living in Europe (Gibraltar).