An Examination of the Function of Urine Washing in Galago senegalensis

Authors

  • Dr. Caroline Harcourt

    Corresponding author
    1. Primate Behaviour Research Group, Dept. of Psychology, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg
      c/o Nomad, P.O. Box 1, Ukunda via Mombasa, Kenya.
    Search for more papers by this author

c/o Nomad, P.O. Box 1, Ukunda via Mombasa, Kenya.

Abstract

A wild, female Galago senegalensis molohi (lesser bushbaby) was radio collared and followed for 139 h. The occurrence of ‘urine washing’, wetting the hands and feet with urine, was recorded and analysed in terms of when and where it took place and with what other behaviours it was associated. Data from the present study and others indicated that urine washing did not function as an olfactory sign marking territorial boundaries. It was suggested that in this species it facilitated grip.

Ancillary