Mother–young bonding in prolific D’man and Romanov sheep

@article{Chniter2017MotheryoungBI,
  title={Mother–young bonding in prolific D’man and Romanov sheep},
  author={Mohamed Chniter and Amel Dhaoui and Mohamed Anis El Hammadi and Touhami Khorchani and Mohamed Habib Ben Hamouda and Pascal Poindron and Fabien Cornilleau and Fr{\'e}r{\'e}dic L{\'e}vy and Raymond Nowak},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
  year={2017},
  volume={35},
  pages={297-305}
}
The effect of prolificacy on mother–young mutual recognition is still largely unknown in sheep. The aim of the present study was to investigate the ability of prolific ewes to develop an exclusive bond with their neonate and to recognize each other from alien subjects. Observations were performed on 11 D’man and 16 Romanov ewes with, respectively, 19 and 37 of their lambs. Maternal selectivity was tested at 24 h postpartum during two consecutive periods of 3 min. All mothers accepted their own… CONTINUE READING
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