Female parity, maternal kinship, infant age and sex influence natal attraction and infant handling in a wild colobine (Colobus vellerosus).

@article{Bdescu2015FemalePM,
  title={Female parity, maternal kinship, infant age and sex influence natal attraction and infant handling in a wild colobine (Colobus vellerosus).},
  author={Iulia Bădescu and Pascale Sicotte and Nelson Ting and Eva C. Wikberg},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={2015},
  volume={77 4},
  pages={376-87}
}
Primate females often inspect, touch and groom others' infants (natal attraction) and they may hold and carry these infants in a manner resembling maternal care (infant handling). While natal attraction and infant handling occur in most wild colobines, little is known about the factors influencing the expression of these behaviors. We examined the effects of female parity, kinship, and dominance rank, as well as infant age and sex in wild Colobus vellerosus at Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary… CONTINUE READING
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