Date of birth: Approx 2004
Place of Birth: Unknown
Arrival at MONA: 2008
We don’t know the exact details of Abu’s past life, 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 the assessment of his behavior and his appearance, we are confident that he was acquired as a pet.
Abu was the fourth and last macaque to join our group. He is the oldest of the four, so he endured more years than the other three deprived 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, the behaviors of dominance-submission or 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 behavior 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.
His social life
It was very hard for him to learn how to function in a social group, as he never spent time with others before coming to MONA . It took him some time, but eventually he learned how to interact with the others and find his place in the group. Eventhough at times he stands up for himself or even joins te others in a dispute he generally has to be considered more of an udner-dog who prefers to stay at the side lines and out of trouble.
- He loves all fruits and vegetables, nuts and fresh grass.
- He especially likes to soak up the first rays of the morning sun.
- One month after of Abu’s arrival, every herb in the enclosure had been destroyed. It will take us years to grow them 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.