TELLING OFF

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Expression­s -

This al­pha-male lion-tailed macaque, part of a troop that lives in the Ana­malai Tiger Re­serve in In­dia’s West­ern Ghats, is flash­ing his eyes – a dis­ci­plinary ex­pres­sion. The mes­sage is clear: “Stop it!” He is di­rect­ing the stern visual re­buke at a group of ado­les­cent males, who had started play­ing on the trail nearby. Mo­men­tar­ily, it seemed that the romp­ing would es­ca­late into a rum­pus, so per­haps the dom­i­nant male is us­ing this dress­ing down to as­sert au­thor­ity, keep or­der and pre­vent the squab­ble from get­ting out of hand.

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