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 […]
postpartum depression
Animal Parenting

What is Postpartum Depression?

November 27, 2019 1
Postpartum depression is a depression which extends past the point of days or even weeks after giving birth. The physiological changes associated with postpartum depression are very real. They reinforce each other in a cyclical […]
platypus mothers lay eggs and produce milk
Animal Parenting

Platypus Mothers – Mammal Moms Who Lay Eggs

November 20, 2019 0
The developmental pathways of the platypuses of Australia and New Guinea are a combination of reptilian, avian, and mammalian characteristics. Platypus mothers are physiologically specialized to produce both eggs and milk. They have a single […]