Behavioral Research Blog

Why social pigs do better

Posted by G. Smit on Jan 28, 2014

And how to study their behavior in great detail

If you want to get on in life, is it better to make friends, or should you trample down the competition? Maybe we can learn something from animals… Take hens for example, we probably all know what a ‘pecking order’ is. As a hen, if you don’t peck back, you will definitely loose out. On the other hand, if you are a pig, being social will get you somewhere. In fact, studies show that social pigs are healthier and grow better, and having social pen mates also has these positive effects.

Reimert et al. wanted to look at the behavior of social pigs more closely. In their recent study (published Applied Animal Behaviour Science), they used both video tracking and scoring of behavior to assess behavior in a combined novel location and novel object test.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, The Observer XT, animal behavior research, social behavior research, video observation, coding schemes, animal welfare, tracking, anxiety research, pigs, ethogram, Pocket Observer

Observing monkey behavior – cracking the nut

Posted by G. Smit on Apr 16, 2013

We already know some monkeys display above average intelligence. One way by which we can tell is their use of tools. Behavioral studies have shown that capuchin monkeys use boulders and logs as anvils upon which they can crush nuts. Furthermore, these monkeys have demonstrated that they are able to identify hammer stones best for cracking, and nuts that are easy to crack.

Photo courtesy of Barth Wright.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, coding schemes, ethogram, monkey, stationary research

Unraveling primate behavior, why do monkeys rub their fur?

Posted by Olga Krips on Jul 30, 2012

Did you know that tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) rub their fur vigorously with substances such as leaves, fruit, or insects? Such substances are often insecticidal, antiseptic, or anti-inflammatory. Therefore, fur rubbing may improve fur condition along with having a medical function.

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Topics: The Observer XT, animal behavior research, social behavior research, animal welfare, ethogram, primate, monkey, Pocket Observer

Secret sex and promiscuity - Mating behavior of Rhesus monkeys

Posted by Olga Krips on Apr 26, 2012

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Topics: The Observer XT, animal behavior research, coding schemes, ethogram, primate, monkey

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