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How Hierarchy Decides Everything in Toque Macaque Society

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How Hierarchy Decides Everything in Toque Macaque Society

Short | 02:52

Toque macaques operate on a strict hierarchical system that determines everything from mating rights to the order of when you're allowed to feed. Break those rules, and you'll have to answer to the alpha.

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A deadly drought has hit Monkey Island, causing hardship for a troop of toque macaques. For Anna, a low-ranking member of the troop with a newborn baby in tow, the harsh conditions jeopardize her ability to feed herself and provide nourishment for her son. As kidnappers threaten to break the familial bond, can this dedicated mother beat the odds and keep her son healthy through the challenging first weeks of his life?

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