Maternal behavior in pigs

@article{Algers2007MaternalBI,
  title={Maternal behavior in pigs},
  author={Bo Algers and Kerstin Uvn{\"a}s‐Moberg},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2007},
  volume={52},
  pages={78-85}
}
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