Why is this happening?
Scientists said the species are often in the same areas, because deer munch on the food leftover by monkeys. Plus, their mating periods are the same.
Furthermore, they believe the behavior is a result of the monkeys exploring and practicing their sexuality. They revealed they may be using this interaction as a substitute for their lack of sex with their male counterparts, who “routinely reject them.”
“Consequently, adolescent females may seek stag mates as an outlet for sexual frustration,” they wrote.
While the authors are unsure if this is a “short-lived fad” or the start of a “culturally maintained phenomenon,” they to hope to further their investigations for more clarity.
Take a look at their findings here.
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