More hugs, less war: Male Yucatán spider monkeys hugging, Quintana Roo, Mexico

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

More hugs, less war. Mexican wildlife: Male Yucatán spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis) hugging, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Endangered (IUCN, 2017). Male spider monkeys exchange many hugs and long embraces. They groom each other, and these interactions reduce stress among males. Interestingly the hugging is predominantly between males, and not so much between females or between males and females.

Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis), Quintana Roo, Mexico. Endangered (IUCN, 2017)

Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis), Quintana Roo, Mexico. Endangered (IUCN, 2017)

 

Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis), Quintana Roo, Mexico. Endangered (IUCN, 2017) Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis)Yucatán Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi ssp. yucatanensis), Quintana Roo, Mexico. Endangered (IUCN, 2017)

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