Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Primate Biol., 1, 23–28, 2014
Primate Biol., 1, 23–28, 2014

Short communication 28 Oct 2014

Short communication | 28 Oct 2014

Do wild titi monkeys show empathy?

A. Clyvia et al.

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We report the first case of putative empathic response in titi monkeys (Callibebus). Pair bonds between males and females are typically strong, with substantial time spent grooming and tail twining. In an intriguing and unexpected observation we recorded an injured adult out-group male travelling with a neighbouring group. The group appeared to adapt travel patterns to allow him to accompany them, provided pro-social behaviour such as grooming and tolerated his presence at their sleeping site