Animal Parenting

Parenting Hypothesis for Practice Nursing

March 24, 2021 0
The parenting hypothesis posits that first-time moms (moms who haven’t given birth) will allonurse unrelated offspring as a means by which to gain experience and skill for when the “real thing” occurs. This kind of […]
Animal Parenting

Fire Salamanders Have Two Reproductive Modes

March 17, 2021 0
The fire salamander Salamandra salamandra is an organism with a perplexing level of parental plasticity. Females are generally oviviparous (not to be confused with oviparous), which means that somewhere between thirty and sixty larvae are […]
Animal Parenting

Female House Mice Co-Parent

March 10, 2021 1
Close bonds form between females who see each other all the time, although in the case of alloparenting and shared nursing between house mice, there is little or no genetic relatedness between females. Group living […]
Animal Parenting

Toothed Whales Carry Their Dead Calves

February 17, 2021 0
Toothed whales called Odontocetes are mammals that form close social bonds, most often along matriarchal lines, and it is therefore not surprising that an infant’s death can be traumatic for a mother. Many observations of […]
Animal Parenting

Offspring Favouritism

February 3, 2021 0
While many human parents will assure their children they do not have a favourite, in the animal kingdom, moms may provide different levels of care for their offspring. Strong Offspring Get Fed Spotted hyena moms […]
Animal Parenting

Milk Sharing Between Related Females

January 27, 2021 0
Among the most supported hypotheses for milk sharing between females is the kin selection hypothesis. This states that mothers are more likely to share these expensive resources with the offspring of close relatives. One’s overall […]
Animal Parenting

Elephant Moms and the Loss of a Calf

January 6, 2021 0
It is commonly accepted that elephants are extremely intelligent and curious animals, capable of complex social interactions. Recorded events have clearly demonstrated that elephants are intensely curious of other elephant corpses at varying states of […]