Animal Parenting

Lactation in Spotted Hyenas

June 3, 2020 0
Hyena societies are matriarchal, which means that females are the socially dominant sex. They live in groups of sexually mature females and their offspring. When young males reach sexual maturity they are kicked out of […]
Animal Parenting

The Impact of Stress During Lactation

May 20, 2020 0
In addition to the varied concentrations of bioactives in mothers’ milk, mothers can also feel varied levels of stress during lactation. This results in varied concentrations of stress factors in milk. The Stress on First-Time […]
Animal Parenting

Giraffe Moms Mourn Their Deceased Calves

March 11, 2020 0
Giraffe moms form strong bonds with their calves. They remain in close contact for the first 12-16 months of their lives. Moms only leave their calves briefly, while they are well hidden, to procure food […]
Animal Parenting

Does A Mother’s Death Affect Her Offspring?

February 19, 2020 0
In nature, most animals that are newborns or infants at the time of their mother’s death are almost always destined to meet the same fate. An exception is if they live in a cooperatively or […]
Animal Parenting

Parenting Strategies of Egg-Laying Moms

January 8, 2020 0
In some species, egg-laying moms construct elaborate nests, burrows, or hiding spots for egg incubation. In other species, embryos are attached to the mother’s body in a specialized pouch or in a crevasse on her […]
Animal Reproduction

Clone Babies – Asexual Reproduction Through Parthenogenesis

December 18, 2019 0
Through an asexual reproduction process called parthenogenesis or thelytoky, several species of females can produce genetic clones of themselves. This process does not require a genetic contribution from a male (sperm). However, most parthenogenetic females […]