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First female monkey ‘boss’ takes over at Japanese zoo

Humans aren’t the one primates touting feminism.

A 9-year-old female macaque at a nature reserve in Japan has taken over her troop of 677 monkeys, Mainichi Japan reported on Monday.


Yakei, at the Takasakiyama Zoological Garden in Oita metropolis, started her meteoric rise to high banana within the spring after roughing up her personal mother, Bikei, in a bid for alpha female — the most effective standing most female simians might hope for.

Feeling daring this previous June, the formidable 22-pound Yakei then challenged Nanchu, who was the 31-year-old alpha male — and thus chief of the troop — for the previous 5 years.

Yakei’s takeover could be Takasakiyama’s first female monkey boss of their 70-year-history — and an exceedingly “rare” prevalence elsewhere.

In a VICE World News report on Thursday, zoo caretaker Tadamori Fujita mentioned, “The only other example I’ve heard is a female monkey in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo. Other than that, you just never hear this happening. It’s very rare.”

Handlers carried out a “peanut test” on June 30 to verify the troop’s change of arms, at which period Nanchu backed down to permit Yakei first dibs — a privilege of the ring chief.

“Since then, Yakei has been climbing trees and shaking them, which is an expression of power and a very rare behavior in females,” mentioned Satoshi Kimoto, a tour information at Takasakiyama, in The Guardian.

“She has been walking around with her tail up, which is also very unusual for a female,” Kimoto added.


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