Meat-eating by adult female Sumatran orangutans (Pongo pygmæus abelii)

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  • Sri Suci Utami,

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    1. Fakultas Biologi, Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2. Ketambe Research Centre, Gn. Leuser National Park, Aceh Tenggara, Indonesia
    3. Ethologie en Socio-ecologie, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Ethologie en Socio-ecologie, Universiteit Utrecht, Pb. 80.086, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Jan A. R. A. M. Van Hooff

    1. Ethologie en Socio-ecologie, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Abstract

Information about meat-eating behavior by wild orangutans (Pongo pygmæus) is scant. The first article about such a case dates from 1981. Since 1989, seven incidents of adult female Sumatran orangutans eating slow lorises (Nycticebus coucang) have been witnessed. Three females from two study sites were involved. In three cases the females were seen catching the prey. There are too few cases to conclude whether this behavior is typically female. Am. J. Primatol. 43:159–165, 1997. © 1997 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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