It appears some Baboons at the Toronto Zoo have come to fisticuffs over a seat on an imaginary throne.
Medical records obtained through freedom of information laws show numerous injuries to several female baboons.
Zoo officials confirm Baboons have been battling for the enclosure’s throne for nearly a year since the death of the last matriarch, Betty.
Chris Dutton, the zoo’s senior veterinarian, says it’s not policy to intervene unless it’s for medical help.
“They are incredibly tough and they heal incredibly well” say senior Toronto Zoo veterinarian Chris Dutton, “working as a vet in the zoo, it’s always a juggling act to know whether to intervene or not.”
Baboons can fight to the death in the wild, but the TO zoo says it’s never lost a baboon because of a fight.
Five of the six female baboons have sustained injuries in the skirmishes. Officials say there is now a truce between two females and peace reigns once again.
Baboon troops are dominated by females and dominance runs through family lines.