Mother-pup separation and adoption in northern elephant seals

@article{Riedman2004MotherpupSA,
  title={Mother-pup separation and adoption in northern elephant seals},
  author={M. Riedman and B. L. Boeuf},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={203-215}
}
  • M. Riedman, B. L. Boeuf
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • SummaryThe evolution of fostering behavior, parental care directed toward another's young, has been the focus of much recent interest. During a five-year study of northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) at Año Nuevo, California, we recorded the frequency of mother-pup separation, reunion, and adoption of orphaned pups in crowded and low-density breeding areas. While most females nursed their own pup exclusively until it was weaned, many females, especially young mothers (age 3–5 years… CONTINUE READING
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