Factors predicting the frequency, likelihood and duration of allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat

  title={Factors predicting the frequency, likelihood and duration of allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat},
  author={K. J. MacLeod and Johanna F{\o}nss Nielsen and Tim H. Clutton‐Brock},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

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