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You walk into the nonhuman primates room and one of the animals

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You walk into the nonhuman primates' room and one of the animals grabs your pen out of your pocket. How do you characterize the animal's behavior?
A. This is normal behavior, you were foolish to keep the pen visible.
B. This is a common behavior for some nonhuman primates. Next time make sure you aren't entering the rheseus monkey area.
C. This is unusual behavior. Document the incident.
D. This is antagonistic behavior. Correct the situation.

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The correct answer is A) This is normal behavior, you were foolish to keep the pen visible.

Nonhuman primates in general, not just rheusus monkeys, would be naturally drawn to a shiny pen and would have no qualms about trying to take it from you. It is best not to give animals a chance to misbehave. It is better to prevent inappropriate behavior and "correction" is not an appropriate training method. They respond much better to positive reinforcement.

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