Communal nursing in wild house mice is not a by-product of group living: Females choose

@inproceedings{Weidt2013CommunalNI,
  title={Communal nursing in wild house mice is not a by-product of group living: Females choose},
  author={Andrea Weidt and Anna K Lindholm and Barbara K{\"o}nig},
  booktitle={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2013}
}
Communal nursing, the provision of milk to non-offspring, has been argued to be a non-adaptive by-product of group living. We used 2 years of field data from a wild house mouse population to investigate this question. Communal nursing never occurred among females that previously lacked overlap in nest box use. Females nursed communally in only 33 % of cases in which there was a communal nursing partner available from the same social group. Solitarily nursing females were not socially isolated… CONTINUE READING
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