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Pecking order

Duration: 02:16

In Sri Lanka, toque macaque society is run by a ruthless class system. Those born into high-ranking families have a massive head-start in life. If a highborn female wants something from a low-ranking female she can take it, literally taking food from her mouth. If the subordinate refuses to co-operate, she risks being beaten by the rest of the troop.

Available since: Fri 27 Apr 2012


David Attenborough
Huw Cordey
Mike Salisbury
David Attenborough

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The Life of Mammals Social Climbers

9/10 A look at monkeys, including Venezuelan red howlers and Costa Rican capuchin monkeys.

First broadcast: 07 Jul 2008

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